How is Field using the 3D printer in the classroom, you ask? We have a couple of examples such as Mr Carrico's 5th grade class.
Field Elementary is doing 3D prints of all the 5th graders in Mr Carrico's class. His class is doing a project where the students take a pretend position in the government and write policies for how to handle Japanese Internment Camps. The student heads will be put by their written policies, which will be on display in the hallway.
When asked about the project, Mr Carrico said:
"The benefits of 3D technology in education are pretty endless. The project that we're doing right now with printing 3D busts is a great way for us to share our learning experience with the school community as a whole. So we can have conversations about the policies or decisions that we we're thinking about. Once we've taken a position on a subject (such as Japanese Internment Camps), we can take our busts, we can write a short piece that explains our position and post it where everyone can see it, so that we can share our experience with the whole school."
The STLP club is scanning in each student individually and then downloading the scans onto a laptop with the 3D printing software. We then configure the printer and start the print (it usually takes 4 to 5 hours to print one head). We plan to do three heads per day: one in the morning,one in the afternoon and one overnight.
How is Field using the 3D printer in the classroom, you ask? We have a couple of examples such as Mr Carrico's 5th grade class. Field Elementary is doing 3D prints of all the 5th graders in Mr...
What is robotics? Robotics is where kids learning how to build and program Lego Mindstorms. At Field, we have a Robotics club.
One part of Field's Robotics program is Sumo Bots. Let me tell you what that is. Sumo Bots is equipping Lego Mindstorms with weapons and programming them to battle them against other ones on a circular rink. For example, you give your robot a Lego mace, and use a computer code to make it spin around. Then you battle it against another robot. The goal is to knock the opponent off of the rink. Of coarse, you would have already programmed it not to fall off, but the force of the blow would still knock it off.
Another part of Field's Robotics program is Robot Challenge Extreme, or RCX for short. What is RCX you ask? RCX is where you design and program a robot to retrieve items scattered on a mat. For example, you build an arm and attach a color sensor to your robot. Your robot senses the color red, which is the color of your item. Your program tells the robot if it senses red, sweep down the arm to take it and roll back to base.
What is robotics? Robotics is where kids learning how to build and program Lego Mindstorms. At Field, we have a Robotics club.One part of Field's Robotics program is Sumo Bots. Let me tell you...
In case you haven't heard, Field has a 3D printer. Thanks to the University of Louisville Speed school, we have a Printrbot Simple Metal. Trust me it is floziltoff (meaning awesome). For all you non tech geeks, a 3D printer is a printer that makes 3D figures out of melted plastic. We use a corn based plastic called PLA. The PLA comes in spools that look like weed eater string. The plastic is melted and dripped into shapes by the 3D printers. Mr Kevin showed us how to create an iPhone case. He used Cubify Invent to add the words "Field Falcons" to a 3D model.
We then downloaded the model to the printer and were able to create a customized iPhone case.
Field has big plans for the 3D printer, like making busts of all the 5th graders. Or printing action figure / bobble heads for a PTA fundraiser. Also, Ms Reed is going to print 3D models of native american habitats. We have big plans for the 3D printer and we've just gotten started.
By: Jaimichael Anderson & Ben Mowery
In case you haven't heard, Field has a 3D printer. Thanks to the University of Louisville Speed school, we have a Printrbot Simple Metal. Trust me it is floziltoff (meaning awesome). For all...
The saying goes that 6 degrees of separation exist between any 2 people on the planet. On Saturday, January 10th, we put this saying to the test. A call-out was made on Facebook asking families and friends of Field to visit the Falcon Nest web site. Google Analytics had been added and we wanted to show the Web Design club how we could track the number of visits to the site and from where they visited. Our results were much more exciting than we anticipated. Folks turned the exercise into a game, to see how many people they could drive to the site. Family and friends were contacted through text, email and social media. As shown on the map below, we were able to get over 500 visits from 40 states and 30 countries:
As expected, the biggest concentration of the hits came from the US and more specifically the Louisville area:
But the number of hits across the US were pretty impressive too:
Field is quite proud of it's diverse student body. With several parents attending the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary and the Louisville Presbyterian Theological Seminaries, Field has the honor of educating students from towns and cities throughout the United States and around the world. Flags hang in the halls representing the varied countries of origin for Field families. The data provided by Google Analytics and this exercise reinforces the wide reach of the Field Elementary community. If you are curious about the raw number, the links below will give you that data: