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Don’t ask me why, but I want these so bad! Ban Dai makes the coolest toys. I found these in Takashimaya. I did not buy them if course, as everything in Takashimaya is at least twice as expensive as it should be. Maybe I’ll hunt TaoBao later.

In my grade 7 Design classes, my students are designing and building LED USB night lights. Last year was the first time I taught this unit and I thought they made some great products, but this year I am pushing them to achieve something much greater. As a model to inspire them, I built this night light using Illustrator, CAM, 3mm plywood and acrylic, along with an LED light strip. It’s really… Read More

Today, two different grade 6 students presented me some images they made for my Birthday. One is a soccer card, and the other is Jedi Sutton cause he said I’m just that awesome! 🙂 I love these kids, so amazing and thoughtful.

I have not decided what to do next. Stain it, paint the house colors on the background, or sand it down and hang it. Maybe frame it in a box? too many choices….. And no, it’s not for sale, that would be a copywriter infringement… I’m making this for myself, to hang in my classroom and maybe at home 🙂

Give a class of 6th graders 50 minutes to design and then 3D print a phone stand, and they can come up with some great ideas. The design challenge I gave them was to design and print a phone stand, that can hold their phones in both portrait and landscape orientation, and be printable in under 2.5 hours, which set’s a limitation on material usage. Here are 2 of my favorite designs… Read More

I’m teaching a new unit in my grade 6 Design classes where the kids are researching, planning and developing some original toothbrush holders. As of this week, they are starting to print them using our 3D printers, which means in the last few weeks I’ve been teaching myself to use our school’s CAD/CAM software, and it’s been a lot of fun. I’ll post more pictures later, but today I designed and printed… Read More

I can’t wait for this place to open. Ya, it’s totally ripping Starbucks, but it’s across the street and I’ll be there every day! 🙂

I shot this video a few months ago, but man is it funny. On a beautiful spring day in Shanghai, it decided to use the insulation of somebody’s scooter blanket to build a new home. LOL  

So Thomas is now in his 2nd year of college. He transferred last summer from OSU to TCC in Tulsa, and it’s been so awesome for him! He’s got his own apartment, building and making so many new things, and even got a new job to pay the bills. I’m so proud of him and all he’s accomplishing! Check these out….. He made his own free standing wall desk and with homemade… Read More