Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Career, Technical and Adult Education News from Arlington Public Schools

Arlington Public School's Office of Career, Technical and Adult Education puts out a monthly newsletter.  This article is featured in the January edition of the newsletter, CTAE Connect.   To see pictures and read more click here: January newsletter.

MakerBot Printers change how students learn about the Design Process

Technology Education classes at Swanson Middle School are using the MakerBot 3D printer to work on projects.  Students in all grades are using Autodesk Inventor to create solid parts on the Replicator.  Students in grades six through eight created snowflakes and learned about drawing and “mirroring” in CAD.  The students in eighth grade are using the  Inventor to help them design their CO2 dragsters.  Students draw their model in Inventor and then scale it down and print it on the 3D printer.  It is then used as a prototype for building the CO2 dragster in the woodworking lab. Jim DeMarino, the Technology Education teacher at Swanson, says “The 3D printer has taken Technology Education and teaching the Design Process to a different level.”


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