Grimes students bring ideas to life at SU’s MakerSpace

A creation produced on a 3D printer at SU's MakerSpace. (Sun photo | Katherine Long)

The future is now at Syracuse University’s MakerSpace, and seven students from Bishop Grimes Jr./Sr. High School in East Syracuse got to experience it this morning.

MakerSpace opened last fall, providing the technology and space to design, create and fabricate. The space is outfitted with 3D printers, electronics gear, hand tools, computers – everything a creative mind needs to bring a brilliant idea to life.

 

Grimes students check out pieces in progress on the 3D printers at SU's MakerSpace. (Sun photo | Katherine Long)

Grimes students check out pieces in progress on the 3D printers at SU’s MakerSpace. (Sun photo | Katherine Long)

 

A 3D printer at SU's MakerSpace sets down a thin layer of plastic. (Sun photo | Katherine Long)

A 3D printer at SU’s MakerSpace sets down a thin layer of plastic. (Sun photo | Katherine Long)

 

The Grimes students, members of Kayla Purcell’s Intro to 3D Art class, saw their own designs come to life on the 3D printers. Over the last few weeks, students used tinkercad.com to create designs, and this morning they watched as those designs moved from computer screen to layer of plastic to finished 3D object.

He sketched, designed, and #3dprinted his pendant design #3dart @sumakerspace #edtech

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Three-dimensional design was new terrain for Purcell, but she jumped at the opportunity to learn alongside the students, she said. “Normally [in the class] we do things with clay, plaster, we make mobiles, masks, mosaics,” she said. “Katie [Regan, an Instructional Technology Specialist working with the diocesan Catholic schools] presented this project to me and I felt that it fit well with the class. It’s a very cool thing for these kids to do.”

 

Grimes students use a computer interface and glasses to manipulate a virtual human heart at SU's MakerSpace. (Sun photo | Katherine Long)

Grimes students use a computer interface and glasses to manipulate a virtual human heart at SU’s MakerSpace. (Sun photo | Katherine Long)

 

Watch this space for more photos and check out Syracuse Catholic Television’s video below.

 

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