3D Printer Club: 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. 

To help prepare the kids for the next meeting, I sent this email to all of the club members. The robots I’m referring to are a handful of little Maker Faire Robots (http://www.thingiverse.com/thing:40212) that I printed to give away at the previous meeting.

Hello fellow makers! (This email is for the kids, but advisers can read it, too)

Our next meeting is this Friday, and we should be able to make more progress on the build. Based on the responses I saw from [build team member] email last week, it looks like we’ll have a couple more hacksaws to work with, and I’ll try to bring some more clamps — and those little printed robots I forgot to bring last time. (I’m printing more of them as we speak, and I’ve attached a picture!

I’ve seen emails from several of you regarding things like hacksaws, meeting frequency, and parts that we still need to locate, and I really appreciate the hard work that’s been going on between our meetings. Without this effort, our progress will slow down considerably, so thank you!

[Build team member] on the build team had the idea of increasing the frequency of our meetings to weekly, and although I think what would definitely help us move along faster, I think at least for the time being I’d like to keep meeting every other week. My hope is that we’ll be able to get more legwork done between meetings so that we can focus more on the build during the meetings. There’s always an option for smaller groups to meet in the off week, too.

Some of you may have met [hackerspace member] last time. He’s a member of the local maker space (or hackerspace) and was helping out last time with the makers. He and I were talking about some neat project ideas we can work on in the future. Thank you, [hackerspace member], for your time!

I was very happy to send out our first thank-you card that accounting team put together and had everyone sign. It also looks like the BOM team has been hard at work finding a few remaining parts that we need.

I believe the blog team is working on a website update, but I think they would consider posting information from other team members as well. For example, I plan to write a couple of paragraphs about the promotional video you’ve all seen and ask them to post it. So if you have any ideas, please feel free to share them!

I was very happy to see the membership team working on the sign-ins at the last meeting. They may need a little extra help in the coming weeks, so if you’re interested in membership-related duties, please feel free to contact them to offer your support.

I look forward to seeing you again this Friday! Remember to bring your science notebooks or an extra hacksaw if you have them or are able to!

-Alex

P.S. Remember the email addresses you can use to contact your team or other teams: [email list addresses]

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