3D Printer Club: Build Team Update

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This is part of a series of posts about starting and facilitating a project-based 3D printer club at a local elementary school, with the ultimate goal of replicating the program at schools everywhere. We'll be posting as many details as possible, including lesson plans and supporting materials. For more information about the entire project, including a listing of posts related to it, please visit the 3D Printer Club for Schools project page. 

As part of my effort to get each team back into gear for the new year, this was my email to the build team (redacted).

Hello Build Team!

I hope you had a great holiday! Are you ready to hit the ground running again at our first meeting this Friday?
Here are a couple of important updates and requests:

  • Our first order of parts came in before the holiday. I posted some information about it on our new website at http://cpsfcmaker.org/?p=85 — please take a look at it. I also found a couple of good deals on some of the electronics we’ll need. I’ll share what I have either in an upcoming email or at the meeting.
  • One of the build team members needs to be prepared to give a brief overview of what your team is working on at the start of the next meeting. Each of you needs to pay close attention to all the team updates, because it’s your responsibility to have a good understanding of what each team is doing. If you don’t know what a team is doing, be sure you talk to them and learn more.
  • This is very important: Now that you have a rough build schedule, you need to plan carefully for what needs to happen on each of the build days. For example, in order to build the X axis, you know you’re going to need a specific set of parts, and some of those parts might need to be modified. You need to know what parts you’ll need for which build days, and you need to work with the BOM team to be sure you have those parts in time. You also need to work with the makers to arrange help for the days you’ll need it.
  • You have a new and easy to use email address! You can email *all* your team members (including adult advisers) by sending an email to [build team email]. Use this address when you need to communicate with your team. Right now this list includes the following email addresses (Please let me know if you need any changes to this list!): [Build team member and adviser email addresses]
See you again soon!

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