3D Printer Club: Message from Build Team

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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. 

Here’s another email from the build team explaining the schedule slip. It’s funny to see kids use words like “aggressive” used to describe the schedule, but there’s a good reason for it: I used that word and explained it to the build team members after the last meeting when we realized that they weren’t going to finish what they hoped to finish.

This email also illustrates another mistake I allowed them to make — the one about rescheduling the Z axis before the X. Soon I plan to help them realize that they might be able to use the resources available to do more than one thing at a time.

Hi everyone,

Our last meeting seemed great to me, and I’m looking forward to the next meeting. I have three things I want to let you know.

The build schedule changed. The next thing we are going to build is the Z axis, not the X. We can’t build the X if we don’t have the Z to put it on! This means that the BOM team has a little more time to get the parts for the X axis, and we need the Z axis parts a lot sooner. Nothing will really affect the other teams.

I wanted to let you all know that our schedule has slid. The cutting and all that stuff took longer than I thought so we are going to keep building the frame next meeting. I think the reason the schedule slid in the first place was that we need more hack saws and that my schedule was too aggressive.

I have a few suggestions to help this problem. We can meet every Friday instead of every other Friday. We would have to get permission to do this. What do you think about it?

Another way to help solve this problem is we could get more hack saws. Does anybody have a hack saw they would be willing to let us borrow? We could use another one. We could also buy another hack saw if we have enough money.

Does anybody have any other suggestions? If so you can just email me.

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