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Mouse Squads Master MakerBots (and 3D Design!)

Mouse+MakerBot (3).jpg On March 20, Mouse Squad students and coordinators gathered at Manhattan Academy of Arts and Language for a 3D Printing/MakerBot Workshop!

replicator.jpg Squads from GED Plus Manhattan, IS 49 Berta A. Dreyfus, Lower East Side Prep, Manhattan Academy of Arts & Language, Manhattan Bridges High School , MS 188 The Island School, and Robert F. Wagner Middle School spent the afternoon learning about designing and printing 3D objects using SketchUp and MakerBot Replicators!

These squads represent seven of the 22 schools that are participating in Year 2 of Mouse's MakerBot program, a partnership with MakerBot, one of the world's leading 3D printing companies. These Squads are true pioneers because they're some of the first students in the world to use 3D printers in their middle and high school classrooms!

In order to create something for a MakerBot to print, engineers first design the object using Computer Aided Design (CAD) software. So students and coordinators at this workshop learned the basics of the free 3D CAD program SketchUp. First they learned some of the most commonly used tools and then everyone practiced using them by designing some simple houses. Then, once they got a hang of the houses, students got to explore SketchUp on their own and create an object that represented their Squad.

After they designed their objects, some students got to print them on the MakerBots! Other students uploaded their projects to Thingiverse, MakerBot's online community that lets all 3D makers share their designs. Squads will be able to download the designs they printed at the workshop and print them on their school's own MakerBot!


Big thanks to MakerBot Education Director Liz Arum for joining us and to Manhattan Academy of Arts & Language for hosting us! And thanks to everyone who turned out for the workshop. We hope you had as much fun as we did!

Stay tuned to the Wire to hear more updates about the awesome stuff our MakerBot schools are doing!

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