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We don’t want just our students to be makers. We want all of Santa Barbara to become makers. Unfortunately, the cost of 3D printers is still out of reach for most families and cash-strapped schools. 3D printing also requires a significant amount of experience and technical know-how. It’s still not as simple as printing on paper with a laser or inkjet printer.
We want to give local students (Santa Barbara, Goleta, Carpinteria) a chance to experience the 3D printing and design revolution by sharing access to our new 3D printers.
Sharing our 3D printers
Beginning in September, our students will help run a program in which students from other schools in the area can have their designs printed with our 3D printers. Five submissions per month will be printed and showcased on our GSA Makerspace blog. Moreover, we will hold community workshops to teach the basics of creating and printing 3D designs.
To accomplish this, our school is transforming a former computer lab into a makerspace that will feature two 3D printers, a laser cutter, and a 3D scanner. The space will also have all the worktables, tools and supplies necessary for fabricating small robots and other electronic gadgets.
Creating a Thinkerspace
To complement the makerspace, we also want to redesign the classroom next door into a thinkerspace—where students develop the projects that they’ll build in the makerspace. The thinkerspace’s design model is based on Dr. David Thornburg’s “Campfires in Cyberspace” metaphor. The Campfire is where the whole class will meet on futon-like sofas around a low table to share accounts of their successes and challenges. At the Watering Hole, small groups will brainstorm solutions to problems sitting on tall bar stools around a small, high table. Finally, a group of whiteboard and corkboard partitions will form the Cave, where students can quietly reflect and process the information they’ve absorbed. Whiteboards will exist throughout the room to facilitate brainstorming and creativity. The partitions, tables, chairs and sofas will be on wheels so the room can quickly be rearranged to accommodate a range of activities.
Both spaces need work. The old window frames are weathered from sun exposure, so painting and wood repair for the locks/latches is necessary. Both rooms currently have carpet, but a linoleum tile floor would be easier to clean and make furniture easier to move. We also need shelving and cabinets installed to store supplies and parts.
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