More educators take part in Tinkercad Academic Initiative

We rounded out 2012 very nicely by adding more academic institutions to our growing list! Check out the latest additions…

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University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Illinois MakerLab, Champaign, IL. The objective of this proposed lab is to provide a unique and valuable resource for Illinois business students and faculty to gain hands-on experiential learning with this emerging new technology.  In addition to enhancing teaching and instruction, this lab will also provide a valuable resource for faculty interested in conducting research about 3D printing in specific, and the growth of customer-empowered creation in general. In essence, 3D printing (and the emerging Maker Movement) provides a means of democratizing innovation by empowering individuals with the know-how and tools to manufacture the objects they consume. In addition to revolutionizing the means of production, this rise of makers will also present scholars with the challenge of re-examining their conventional wisdom about an array of topics, including their notion of objects, the role of consumers, and the nature of economic institutions. These emerging changes have important implications for a broad array of business scholarship, including entrepreneurship, information technology, operations, and marketing.

ISSISS International School, Singapore. ISS, one of the longest established international schools in Singapore, serving the international community for over thirty years. We have started using 3D printers this year with both our IB MYP Technology (Grade year 5) and our IB DP ITGS (computer based) curriculum. We are looking to embed 3D printing and 3D Modeling into all levels of the MYP and DP programs and are about to buy 4 new 3D machines making a total of 6.

Anythink_logo_color_rgbanythink libraries, Thronton, CO. Rangeview Library District is proud to serve the residents of Adams County through its seven Anythink libraries serving the communities of Bennett, Brighton, Commerce City, Northglenn, Thornton and the Perl Mack neighborhood of Denver. For community members outside of these areas, the district offers outreach services through its Bookmobile, Anythink in Motion, visiting area schools and Adams County neighborhoods. Originally the Adams County Public Library, in January 2004, Rangeview Library District became independent from Adams County and now operates as its own entity, overseen by a five-member Library Board of Trustees appointed by the Adams County Commissioners. ACPL was founded in 1953, and first served county residents solely out of a bookmobile. The district has grown exponentially in the past 50+ years to its current seven libraries, with four new libraries constructed in the past two years. Rangeview Library District’s current and future growth is due to the support of the Adams County community, who in November 2006 voted to approve a mill levy increase to help fund the library. Since then, through the leadership of library director Pam Sandlian Smith, the library system has shifted course and positioned itself so the branches are not only valuable resources but community gathering places

MakeryLogoNew York City Makery, NYC. The NYC Makery is a pop-up Makerspace – part shop & part workshop. A movable and temporary venue where youth and adults are encouraged to be curious, to tinker, to experiment, and to make with technology. The Makery is a portable digital playground, a place where communities can gather to play with the creative power of digital design and fabrication, physical computing, and computer programming. The Makery is a project of HTINK, an educational services cooperative with a mission to spread technical learning and creative problem skills. Its Young Maker programs create and support informal learning environments in the NYC area for students to learn about design and tinkering. In addition to working with traditional hand tools, students also learn about how the physical world interacts with the virtual world through electronics, physical computing and digital fabrication. It encourage self-directed learning, where students have extensive input about the projects they pursue after gaining core skills.
rsz_sastemic_logo_rgb (1)San Antonio STEM Initiative Cooperative, San Antonio, TX. SASTEMIC is a San Antonio based non-profit education organization that works with local organizations and schools to offer STEM programs. We will be hosting several Maker Camps this summer where students will use Tinkercad to design 3D objects and then print them out on our 3D printers. SASTEMIC will also be working with local robotics teams to teach them Tinkercad for building custom parts for their robots.

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Maine FabLab, Maine. The Maine FabLab is part of the MIT FabLab Network through the Center for Bits and Atoms.  It is a community-based center where “anyone can make (almost) anything”!  Maine FabLab is located on the campus of a residential private high school in New Gloucester, ME that gives students who have dropped out of mostly rural traditional schools their GED in 9 months.  The facility’s 3D printers, laser cutters, vinyl cutters, Arduino workstations, and other technologies are available to all as an open access, open source resource for the state of Maineand its residents.  With its residential setting, the Maine FabLab is able to be the site for summer camps, workshops and boot camps of longer duration.

We_Print_It_FQDonview Middle School, Toronto, ON. Donview Middle Health and Wellness Academy is the first middle school in the Toronto District School Board to have a 3D printer, thanks to funding through the NE5 Innovation Fund. The Makerbot will be hosted at Donview, but its capabilities will be shared among schools within East Region 15 (formerly NE5). This is a FAMILY of schools project and will not be limited to just one school! Our goal is to get students from as young as grade 2 up to our eldest in grade 8 designing and printing things.

shield2Greenwich Academy , Greenwich, CT. Greenwich Academy is an all-girls independent preK-12 school in Greenwich, CT. Its mission is to provide a challenging, comprehensive educational experience grounded in a rigorous liberal arts curriculum within an inclusive, diverse community. The school’s objective is to develop girls and young women of exceptional character and achievement who demonstrate independence, resilience, courage, integrity and compassion. We strive, above all, to honor our motto, “Toward the Building of Character.”

TMThurgood Marshall Elementary, Seattle, WA. Thurgood Marshall Elementary is a public school in the heart of Seattle, and serves a broad range of students. The school will use Tinkercad as the 3D design tool in a new after-school program, “Engineering & Design”. The focus will be on the iterative design process, and students will collaborate using the Tinkercad team sharing features
Screen Shot 2013-01-09 at 3.04.58 PMKeystone Area Education Agency, Elkader, IA. Keystone Area Education Agency is dedicated to providing the children of Northeast Iowa with the best possible educational opportunities. Through its partnerships with local schools, teachers, and parents, Keystone AEA will continue to provide services that put children first in Northeast Iowa.  Keystone AEA provides quality services to 24 public school districts and 28 nonpublic schools.Website:  http://www.aea1.k12.ia.us/
Screen Shot 2013-01-09 at 3.07.54 PMUniversity of Victoria, Victoria, BC. Since 1991, the University of Victoria’s Science Venture program has been delivering innovative science, technology, engineering, and math programming to Vancouver Island youth, 5-18 years of age. Programming includes workshops, after school clubs, summer camps, and events – all designed to stimulate and interest and passion for these subject areas.  In 2011, we reached over 10,000 youth in our community through high impact hands-on learning opportunities. Science Venture programs are delivered year-round by UVic students from the Faculties of Science, Engineering, and Education.  Our team challenges participants to explore, discover, and innovate in a safe environment.
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Team Innovo, Hewlett, NY. Team 5477, is a FIRST robotics team stationed in Hewlett, NY and was created in 2011. Team Innovo is the offspring of Team 3540, Roboboogie.

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  1. How do I get in on the academic initiative? I am using tinkercad free accounts with my 7th grade art classes and it would be really great for them to have some extra save space!

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