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Thingiversity STEAM Challenges

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by mathgrrl

The Thingiversity STEAM Challenges are a series of MakerBot Thingiverse Challenges where makers of all ages are encouraged to design and print 3D models related to topics in Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Mathematics (STEAM).

We’re kicking off our new ongoing challenge series with five simultaneous summer Challenges, one for each STEAM subject. Each challenge has an outdoor theme and people of all ages and skill levels are encouraged to enter. The winner of each challenge will receive a MakerBot Replicator Desktop 3D Printer, and in addition will select one of ten featured schools to receive a 3D printer package donation from MakerBot.

Blog post: http://www.makerbot.com/blog/2015/06/12/summer-challenge

If you’ve never designed a 3D model before, then this summer is your chance! Each challenge page has introductory design tips that can help get you started.

If you don’t have a 3D printer, that’s okay too! You can get your designs 3D printed through a service such as 3DHubs.com so you can test your model and take photos of it in action.

Science: Make It Float: http://www.thingiverse.com/challenges/MakeItFloat

Technology: Light It Up: http://www.thingiverse.com/challenges/LightItUp

Engineering: Catch The Wind: http://www.thingiverse.com/challenges/CatchTheWind

Art: See The World: http://www.thingiverse.com/challenges/SeeTheWorld

Mathematics: BuildACastle: http://www.thingiverse.com/challenges/BuildACastle

If you’re a school that wants to be considered for one of the ten featured schools that will participate in the donation round at the end of the Challenges, be sure to check out our sister group:

Our School Needs a 3D Printer! http://thingiverse.com/groups/needaprinter

Do you have any questions about Thingiversity STEAM Challenges and the submission process, rules, or guidelines? Ask them below and the Thingiversity STEAM Challenges team will do our best to answer.

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Questions on STEAM Challenges

by sjkistler

In looking at the currently posted STEAM challenges, they require that the design "fits within a build volume of a MakerBot Replicator." My question: If my design consists of three pieces, must the three when combined fit within the build volume, or may each piece individually fit and then the overall design could be larger than the build volume?

Any ideas? Thanks for guidance.

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Future Challenge Ideas

by mathgrrl

What would you like to see in future Thingiversity STEAM Challenges? Share your ideas for future Challenge topics that combine 3D printing with Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, or Mathematics.

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Granada High School Science Students Need a 3D Printer

by BrinkerScience

Granada High School's science department needs a 3D printer because students need to have experience with this technology. After teaching middle school science for ten years and engineering for three years, I moved to teach high school biology and physiology for the first time last year. Good transition, but I missed the STEM class and using a MakerBot! (I had to leave the printer behind at the middle school).

3D printing is a highly engaging activity for students. Many students need this connection to school. Biology is a required class. Adding a 3D printing aspect to the class would engage more students with science.

Through the engineering class, I was able to connect learning with STEM careers. My goal is to bring this connection to the science curriculum. Next year, I am starting two engineering clubs: one in conjunction with San Jose State University's SOLES (Society of Latino Engineers and Scientists) and one in conjunction with Society of Women Engineers. If we had a 3D printer, these under-represented groups would get specific time with the machine.

In the spring, I went to a 3D printing workshop at Lawrence Livermore National Lab. We learned TinkerCAD. I know Autodesk Inventor, and will teach both programs to students.

I do not have school funds to purchase printer. Know that, if we were awarded a printer, it would be well used. Also, MakerBot would be recognized by signs in my classroom and notices on my web site and the Granada High School web site.

Thank you for your consideration.

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Clueless and new#

by gunbyga

Hello. I just got a small 3d printer for my room, and have downloaded Cura. I haven't got any guidance on using the program. I did get all of the samples to print nicely on the table.I went to thingaverse and saved a cat to my sd card, (goode file), and the card does recognize it. However, it will not print without a mess. I tried printing a sample right after and it was fine. ????

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