Enhancing with Technology – Diving

The ideas here are a great way to round out the technology offerings in your makerspace.  Again, these are not endorsements, just things we think are good for inspiration as you continue to enhance your makerspace with technology.

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3D printers:  3D printers are versatile resource that can be a great addition to a makerspace.  In our experience, these are a great tool for students to use their creativity and engineering skills to see their design ideas come to life.  They can also be great to allow teachers to explore, creating their own resources for use in the classroom, because teachers are great makers too!  A great starting point if looking at 3D printing is thingiverse.com  This creative commons site often has maker challenges students (and teachers) can participate in with chances to win product to support your 3D printer.  Thingiverse also has educational resources and project ideas available for teachers.  Good design programs are available free on the internet and through iPad applications.  Check out tinkercad as a great starter.

http://www.thingiverse.com/

https://www.tinkercad.com/

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Raspberry Pi:  Raspberry Pi is a small programmable students can use to execute a variety of tasks.  What is one of the greatest assets of using this device is the fantastic support provided by their website, right from what to do as a beginner to a section for educators and a publication Hello World about computing and digital making.  The Raspberry Pi has developed a tremendous following in the maker community and thrives on sharing among community members through creative commons sites.  The Raspberry Pi is truly a chance for students to work with programming in a collaborative model, problem solving with users all over the world.

https://www.raspberrypi.org/education/

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Virtual Reality:  Although virtual reality technology is still evolving, it can be a way to transform the making in digital environments.  Programs such as google tilt brush allow students to create immersive 3D environments for interaction, planning and collaboration.  There are also software platforms such as Eon Creator to allow students to design their own virtual reality worlds from scratch.

https://www.tiltbrush.com/
https://www.eonreality.com/eon-creator/