Posts Tagged "robotics"

3D Academy Summer STEM Enrichment Camps—Registration Now Open

STEM Enrichment Camp, 3D Innovations' STEM Program helps educators to assist students in learning to utilize real world engineering applications.Register today for a Summer STEM Enrichment Camp. Summer is drawing near—the end of the school year is approaching, kids are counting down to their last day of school before summer break and parents are panicking about how to keep their kids occupied and learning during this time off. Take a deep breath parents, we have you covered.

We have brought back our popular Summer STEM Enrichment Camps this year and are partnering with Kalvio, a local electrical engineering and electrical contracting company. In the month of June we will be offering two different camps that are sure to excite your child’s inquisitive mind.

‘3D Design and Drone Building’—All Day STEM Enrichment Camp (Gr. 6-12)

3D Academy and Kalvio collaborate to create an in-depth and immersive camp experience for your child through the STEM Summer program. Students will learn the fundamentals of 3D Design, 3D Printing, CAD Design and Spatial Environments and be able to build their own Drone while learning about the various principles that integrate with Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math. Students will be introduced to the world of 3D Printing, CAD Design, Engineering, Electronics, and prototyping all while being in an immersive STEM learning environment.

  • Date: June 5-9 (Session 1)
  • Students: Entering grades 6-12
  • Location: Manoa Innovation Center (2800 Woodlawn Drive)
  • Time: 9:00am-4:00pm, Monday through Friday
  • Price: $295 for 5 Day Camp
‘3D Printed Rocket Building’—All Day STEM Enrichment Camp (Gr. 2-6)

3D Academy and Kalvio collaborate to create an in-depth and immersive camp experience for your child through the STEM Summer program. Students will learn the fundamentals of 3D Design, 3D Printing, CAD Design and Spatial Environments to create their own custom Co2 mini rocket while learning about the various principles that integrate with Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math. Students will be introduced to the world of 3D Printing, CAD Design, Engineering, and prototyping all while being in an immersive STEM learning environment.

  • Date: June 11-15 (Session 2)
  • Students: Entering grades 2-6
  • Location: Manoa Innovation Center (2800 Woodlawn Drive)
  • Time: 9:00am-4:00pm, Monday through Friday
  • Price: $295 for 5 Day Camp

We have streamlined the registration process and you can quickly register for these camps over on our website: 3D Academy STEM Enrichment Camps

*For both camps, all campers must bring a peanut free lunch, snack and drink. Visit www.3d-innovations.com/3dacademy or contact Collin Kobayashi at collin.kobayashi@3d-innovations.com or 808.722.8667 for more information.

About 3D Academy

3D Academy promotes Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) education programs that integrate 3D technology into K–12, as well as university classrooms. Using hands-on and project-based learning strategies, we have been effective in providing students with opportunities to excel in the areas of STEM and to integrate industry applications into their learning experiences.

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The Long-Term Benefits of a STEM Education

stem education, stem, stem summer camps, 3d academyTechnology is transforming the landscape of our lives—in today’s global marketplace there is no substitute for a strong STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) background as you enter the workforce. “STEM workers tend to earn 26% more than non-STEM workers and yearly growth for STEM workers is projected to be almost double that of non-STEM workers.” (Florida State University) Industry is shifting and to help our students keep up with the demand, a STEM education is imperative.

As a nation, our education industry has recognized that our students are not receiving the best hands-on, STEM-focused, education possible for a myriad of reasons. This means that our students are falling behind in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math subjects, and that they are missing out on other valuable lessons as well. Below are some of the areas in which STEM helps students thrive.

STEM Education Teaches Valuable Life Skills

Problem Solving Skills

Hands-on lessons for STEM subjects often revolve around solving real world problems. Students are required to assess a situation and develop a solution. Problem solving skills are immensely beneficial both inside and outside of the classroom. Having the ability to stop, assess, analyze, hypothesize and solve a problem is a skill every individual needs at every age level.

Innovative Thinking

We are all aware of the benefits of “thinking outside the box”, however, this does not always come naturally. Learning to ask questions and develop diverse solutions helps to instill an inquisitive mindset.

Teamwork and Collaboration

Working as part of a team starts from a young age and continues on into the workplace. Learning how to collaborate and work together is a necessity. Teamwork helps students learn about different perspectives, respecting other ideas and coming up with a solution together.

Organization Skills

Scientific linear methodology requires organization—there is a set manner in which to approach a problem. All STEM subject areas require a step 1, step 2, step 3 and so on; you can’t solve a math equation by skipping steps. Students learn the importance of being organized and why it is important to their everyday lives as well.

STEM education can be taught through lectures; however, it has been proven time and again that hands-on learning is the best method for teaching and instilling these concepts. Giving students an opportunity to use technology, use their hands, ask questions and see concepts in action sparks excitement in them as well as a desire to learn more.

STEM Enrichment Camps

This summer our 3D Academy is offering two STEM Enrichment Camps, “3D Design and Drone Building” and “3D Printed Rocket Building”. Students will learn the fundamentals of 3D Design, 3D Printing, CAD Design and Spatial Environments and be able to build their own Drone/custom Co2 mini rocket while learning about the various principles that integrate with Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math. Students will be introduced to the world of 3D Printing, CAD Design, Engineering, Electronics, and prototyping all while being in an immersive STEM learning environment. Learn more about both camps and easily register, over on our website: 3D Academy STEM Enrichment Camps.

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Product of the Week: mDrawBot

March 27, 2015
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This 4-in-1 robotics kit would be a great project for a robotics class or a weekend project at home. mDrawBot is a 4-in-1 drawing robot kit, that can be assembled into 4 different configuration drawing robots: mScara, mSpider, mEggBot and mCar. All four of these robots can draw on different surfaces and the best part is that build time is about an hour. This is one of those kits that can really spark a love for engineering in children because of its interactive nature.

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  • mScara is a SCARA (Selective Compliance Articulated Robot Arm) driven by stepper motors. If you install a pen on mScara, it can draw pictures on a flat surface. Replacing the pen with a laser diode, it can turn into a desktop laser engraver.
  • mSpider is a drawing robot which can draw pictures on a wall or a white board.
  • Just in time for Easter, the mEggBot is designed to draw on things that are improbable to print on, such as eggs. It can be used to write letters or to draw expressions on eggs.
  • mCar is a three-wheel robot car. It contains two stepper motor drive wheels and a ball caster wheel. It can draw its own movement tracks on the surface. If you install a chalk instead of a pen, it can draw on the floor.

Learn more about the mDrawBot robotics kit on Kickstarter or the Makeblock website. You can also connect with the company on Facebook and Twitter.

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Product of the Week: MeArm

December 19, 2014
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We always have our eye out for activities that make STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) education fun and accessible. On Kickstarter we came across MeArm, a pock sized industrial robot arm, that is built and programmed by the user. The developers have made this kit simple enough to be put together with a screwdriver but with its open source design files you can also move into more advanced levels of robotics. This is a terrific way to introduce children to engineering and robotics!

MmearmeArm would be a fantastic product to introduce robotics in a home or school setting. “Apart from being something that’s small, cool and attractive the MeArm is a miniature version of an industrial robot arm. So while it’s simple enough to build and use with a child on a rainy Sunday afternoon – it can also be used at more advanced levels of education to teach real robotics.”

You can follow the MeArm campaign on Kickstarter, the official website and Facebook!

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Product of the Week: KIBO (Robots)

June 19, 2014
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The 3D Academy division of our company is focused on sharing the wonderful world of engineering with children and inspiring them to continue their STEM education. We are always drawn to tools that make teaching engineering concepts more engaging and hands on for children …The KIBO robot does just that!

“KIBO is a robot kit specifically designed for young children aged 4-7 years old. It is different from any other kit out there because it appeals to both technically minded kids and those that connect more to arts and culture or physical activity. Young children learn by doing. Children build their own robot with KIBO, program it to do what they want, and decorate it. KIBO gives children the chance to make their ideas physical and tangible—exactly what their young minds and bodies need. And KIBO does all this without requiring screen time from PCs, tablets or smartphones.”

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“Designed for open-ended play, KIBO lets children make almost anything – a character from a story, a carousel, a dancer, a race helicopter – anything that they can think of. The child creates a sequence of instructions (a program) using the wooden KIBO blocks. They scan the blocks with the KIBO body to tell the robot what to do. They press the button and the robot comes alive. With KIBO, young children can become programmers, engineers, designers, artists, dancers, choreographers and writers.”

Learn more about KIBO on the Kinderlab Robotics website or on Kickstarter.

*If you would like to submit a product to be considered for our ‘Product of the Week’ post please e-mail us at info@3d-innovations.com with an image and/or website link and a product description. Thanks!

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3D Innovations is a full service 3D Engineering/Design company – from the 3D Design to a fully functional 3D Prototype & Product.

3D Academy, A Division of 3D Innovations, LLC provides training services specializing in 3D Computer Aided Design (CAD) and 3D Printing Technology.

Supporting STEM Education Through Robotics

February 26, 2014
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Robotics have proven to be a great way to grab the attention of middle and high school students and ignite their curiosity while simultaneously sparking a love for engineering. Designing, building and operating robots involves a lot of hands-on activities (which students love) and the chance to see a project through from beginning to end.

The US Army understands that robotics help students realize their engineering potential, which is why they are a sponsor of the popular VEX Robotics Competition. (View the US Army press release.) The VEX Robotics competition is the largest middle school and high school robotics program in the world. There are over 9,000 teams from 28 countries which participate.

“Robots are a proven way to get kids interested in engineering. The VEX platform combines standardized parts with flexibility in design to enable students to be creative without having to start from scratch.”

The US Army has long embraced technology and some of the fastest growing fields in the Army are STEM related. There is great potential in getting students acclimated to engineering for public and private sector jobs. Although not all students are expected to go on to become engineers, there is value to the curiosity and practical skills this competition fosters.

For further information about the US Army and the VEX Robotics Competition view: The US Army supports STEM through robotics on Engineering.com

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CES 2014 News Roundup!

January 16, 2014
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Social media is still buzzing from CES 2014. We have really enjoyed reading all of the different articles about innovative technology, the future of consumer products, and (of course) 3D printing! There are so many articles now out there, and you could easily spend hours reading all of them, therefore we decided to share a few of our favorites with the 3D Innovations community and have compiled them all here so you can easily access them. Enjoy!

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Hawaii FIRST LEGO League 2013 Championship Tournament

December 12, 2013
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Last weekend our President & Chief 3D Officer, Collin Kobayashi, was invited to be a judge at the Hawaii FIRST LEGO League Championship Tournament. This year there Hawaii FIRST Lego Leaguewas an exceptional turn out with 48 teams from across the state participating!

The 48 teams were judged on three categories: Core Values, Project, and Robot Design. Each team needed to answer questions related to their project, provide a project overview, demonstrate how teamwork played an important role in their robot design, and how to effectively problem solve.

This year, the Dolphinators came out on top winning the 1st place Champion Award — Congratulations!

It was great to see all of these exceptional students so excited about robotics!

Learn more about the Hawaii FIRST LEGO League State Championship

Hawaii FIRST LEGO LeagueIf you are not familiar with FIRST LEGO League, it is a robotics program for 9 to 14 year olds, which is designed to get children excited about science and technology — and teach them valuable employment and life skills. FLL can be used in a classroom setting but is not solely designed for this purpose. Teams, composed of up to ten children with at least one adult coach, can also be associated with a pre-existing club or organization, homeschooled, or just be a group of friends who wish to do something awesome.

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Patent Attorneys for New Product Development Lab

July 11, 2013
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We are having a very busy summer here at 3D Innovations, and we are currently getting ready to help launch a Product Development Lab at the Manoa Innovation Center in Honolulu, Hawaii.

In preparation for the launch we are actively building relationships with local, national and global patent attorneys. We have a number of clients, small businesses and entrepreneurs that are interested in partnering with patent attorneys that handle “hardware” types of patents (i.e. widgets, anything that can be made from plastic, rubber, silicone and metal). If you are a patent attorney with this type of specialization or know a fellow patent attorney please contact us at info@3d-innovations.com. When you contact us we can discuss the Product Development Lab further via e-mail or through a phone conference and see if this partnership would be a good match. We would love to have you as a resource for our entrepreneurs!

Learn more about us and the services we offer by visiting our website! If you have any questions or comments we can be reached by e-mail at info@3d-innovations.com or by phone at (808) 722-8667.

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Popular 3D Printing & STEM Education News (May 27th – May 31st)

May 31, 2013
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Your weekly news roundup has arrived! This week there was a major buzz around the fact that the space station will be getting a 3D printer of its own in 2014. Shapeways has also developed a “squeezable” plastic 3D printing material–this could enhance prototyping capabilities even further in the near future. In the world of STEM, Lego is also working to make tinkering “cool” again for children and they have developed a very impressive R&D lab (How Lego Is Constructing the Next Generation of Engineers).

We highly suggest that you check out the  Wohler’s Associates and McKinsey reports related to 3D printing that were recently released. Both reports give some great information as to the current state of the industry and future economic and growth predictions.

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