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    Senior Member Ted Dillard's Avatar
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    Quote Originally Posted by Nicman View Post
    This is the coolest idea ever. I want to know if STEAM is nation-wide or just in MA. I'm going to do some investigating because this is exactly what Jacksonville needs.


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    Thanks! As far as I know, STEAM is pretty much nationwide, if not worldwide. The benefits are pretty well documented in the educational community, and applying it in a makerspace environment has been amazingly successful. One of our friends teaches 5th graders to build boats - simple plywood open kayaks. The kids who aren't into the building part can paint/decorate them. They then take them to a local pond (Jamaica Pond, if you know the Boston area) and teach them swimming, lifesaving and of course, boat handling. That one project fulfills something like 98% of the Common Core standards.

    My favorite story is the teacher overheard one conversation - "why do you suck at math so bad, but you're really good at it here?" "I dunno, I just care about it here..."

    ...not my project, but my boat now:

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    The cool thing about people who start makerspaces is they're pretty committed to helping people do stuff - like starting makerspaces! I got my financial projections and a lot of my structural stuff from online sources freely shared by other successful makerspaces. MAKE magazine, of course, has a huge resource. Feel free to DM me if you want some help, either here or on our Facebook page.

    ALSO, I just remembered, one of the early members here on ElMoto, Tango, built his bike at a TechShop, one of the for-profit makerspaces in the SF area.
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    Senior Member Ted Dillard's Avatar
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    OH I forgot about the x-y easel. https://xyeasel.wordpress.com/

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    This is a computer-controlled easel that moves so I can photograph artwork. All the explain is on the site.



    I had intentions of selling them, but a combination of having to deal with after-sales customer support, and the fact I was constantly upgrading the design, I kind of left it alone. Probably start it up again once the makerspace is rolling.
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    Trav, you started a great thread here! It's making me wish I had more time on my hands.
    On the subject of artwork...
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    This photograph was given to me by my parents. A neighbor of theirs was a retired National Geographic photographer.
    It's hard to see in my pic, but I installed 2 red LED's behind his eyes! Their neighbor loved it! I want to redo it when I have time using a bluetooth controlled relay to turn his eyes on with my phone. I'll use RGB LED's next time so I can turn his eyes on different colors!!
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    Thanks Steve!

    That's a cool pic. I bet the LED's make the picture pop a bit.

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