ShopBot on the Road
Professional Development for Educators in Pittsburgh: Carnegie Science Center
Carnegie Science Center is a popular spot in Pittsburgh where children and adults can experience science first hand. It is also home to a Chevron FabLab, a digital fabrication laboratory for innovation and invention, where camps and programs for children 8 – 18 are held.
Another one of the programs that Carnegie runs is their Teaching Excellence Academy. In November, ShopBot's Sallye Coyle led a 2-day session in Digital Fabrication for Educators. A major focus of the workshop was to show that the workflow is the same for a large number of digital fabrication tools – they use a form of CAD software to get the “what and where” into the computer, set the “how” for the digital fabrication tool and look desired, and then let the computer control the machine while it does its work.
Sallye's post (including photos) about the educational session can be read in its entirety on the ShopBot blog.
Handibot Travels to MIT
Brian Owen and Sallye Coyle brought a Handibot to the first International Symposium on Academic Makerspaces (ISAM 2016) held at MIT in November. The symposium was organized by the Higher Education Makerspace Initiative (HEMI) which is “a collaborative of leading universities focused on solving the challenges of academic makerspaces and making their combined learnings available to others.” The conference included sessions on how to set up and use a makerspace, what equipment to consider, and entrepreneurship—MIT style.
Final Stop: Pittsburgh, PA
TechShop Pittsburgh hosted the final Camp ShopBot of 2016. Randy Johnson, Sallye Coyle and Ben Carr traveled from ShopBot to (re)connect with ShopBotters and TechShop members in the greater Pittsburgh area. A woodworker who teaches, blogs, and is active in social media, George Vondriska, traveled from Wisconsin to make a presentation on how he uses his ShopBot Desktop in the workshop.