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Joan Horvath, Rich Cameron, Monday, 6-8-15 June 9, 2015

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Joan Horvath, Rich Cameron, Monday, 6-8-15


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Guests:  Joan Horvath, Rich Cameron.  Topics: Our guests discussed their new book “The New Shop Class: Getting Started with 3D Printing, Arduino and Wearable Tech,” 3D printing, aerospace & more.  Please direct all comments and questions regarding Space Show programs/guest(s) to the Space Show blog, https://thespaceshow.wordpress.com.  Comments and questions should be relevant to the specific Space Show program. Written Transcripts of Space Show programs are a violation of our copyright and are not permitted without prior written consent, even if for your own use. We do not permit the commercial use of Space Show programs or any part thereof, nor do we permit editing, YouTube clips, or clips placed on other private channels & websites. Space Show programs can be quoted, but the quote must be cited or referenced using the proper citation format. Contact The Space Show for further information. In addition, please remember that your Amazon purchases can help support The Space Show/OGLF. See www.onegiantleapfoundation.org/amazon.htm.  For those listening to archives using live365.com and rating the programs, please email me as to why you assign a specific rating to the show. This will help me bring better programming to the audience.

We welcomed Joan Horvath and Rich Cameron to the show to discuss their new book, “The New Shop Class: Getting Started with 3D Printing, Arduino and Wearable Tech,” the importance of modern shop class training in our school systems, plus modern technology as a learning tool for students.  During the first segment of our 1 hour 42 minute program, Joan explained why they wrote this book, the problem caused by the absence of shop class in schools around the country and the void their book attempts to fill.  The book is targeted to both parents and teachers to assist them in being comfortable with the “new” shop class as the technology, the instruments & tools, and possibilities are totally different from the stereotype of a shop class from previous years.  Joan talked about their pilot project with the Windward School in Los Angeles (see www.windwardschool.org) including the upcoming two day seminar August 14-15,  Design and Maker Class Colloquium: Hands-on with Arduinos, 3D printing, Wearable tech (for details see www.windwardschool.org/design2015?rc=0).  The book is also appropriate for students starting around the 7th or 8th grade but the Foreword to the book was written by a 13 year old student, Coco, who called the show.  Coco was a most impressive caller who works this technology, has a keen interest in it, and I urge you to pay attention to her phone call.  Coco was with us for most of the first segment.  Additional topics discussed in the first segment included the use of Arduinos, STEM and STEAM, portable 3D printers, program funding, teacher and classroom issues. The portable Bukito 3D printer was discussed in some detail and even Coco told us how relatively easy it was to learn to use it.  A few listeners sent in notes asking about how to get a new type shop class started in the schools their kids attend.  Joan and Rich suggested starting small, work with kits, and use the open source world.  It was also suggested that people attend a local MakerFaire or visit a hacker space though the latter may be challenging for students under 18.  Jackie sent in a note asking about both wearable tech and implanted tech.  Rich had some interesting comments on this topic, don’t miss them.

In the second segment, Joan and Rich talked about actionable things by both parents and teachers.  Joan also talked about how students learn and the problems caused for some students when there is no shop class.  She also said there was some parental push back so don’t miss what she had to say about this.  Randy from Tucson emailed in a question about traditional vocational training including the subjects Joan and Rich were discussing.  Joan made a distinction with trade and vocational tech training and teaching young students in a modern school shop class.  Several questions came up for our guests about teacher acceptability of this type of program. Joan said that for teachers, time is a problem as they have to carve out more time to both learn and teach these subjects.  Also, if the teacher and the class are focused on teaching to the test, its an even bigger problem.  Near the end of our discussion, a listener asked about the software used in 3D printing. Our guests mentioned several programs, including freeware, that an interested listener might want to explore.  Prior to the show ending, our guests talked about their upcoming August colloquium per above and fielded one final question from BJohn regarding limitations.  Our guests suggested that in terms of limitations to the use, application, and results of working with this new technology, one’s imagination would likely be the biggest limiting factor.

Please post your comments on TSS blog above.  Our guests can be reached through the websites www.nonscriptum.com and www.apress.com/9781484209059. Coco’s website is  www.veryhappyrobot.com.


1. Jamel - June 27, 2015

This post is invaluable. How can I findd out more?

2. Andy Hill - June 18, 2015

While I think that its a good idea for kids to get interested in 3D printing, I’m not at all sure that this is any sort of replacement for actually making things with your own hands.

How is programming a computer to 3D print an item using a different skill set to someone doing an IT job? Yes it may give an appreciation and understanding of how things work it will not give someone the motor skills to manufacture it without a 3D printer, a computer, a supply of feed stock and a convenient power source.

Im not saying that this is a bad idea only that it wont stop the erosion of manual crafting skills that are required.

If you need to make a bracket, bend/cut a piece of metal dont reach for the nearest keyboard.

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