I must confess. I’m considering getting a 3D printer. I know, I know, I said it wasn’t necessary. And it isn’t. And I just submitted a proposal for a panel presentation in the fall at the Pennsylvania Library Association’s annual conference entitled MakerSpaces for Kids: 3D Printer Optional. Because, well, the glitzy star of the maker world, the 3D printer, is NOT necessary to introduce kids to creating and making and doing.
But. There’s a new model out there that just got released. Getting great reviews. VERY reasonable cost – $700 assembled. AND it looks like our Friends group may be willing to donate the funds. Hard to resist, people.
I am also trying hard to not feel like we should be doing everything. Coding. Minecraft. Soldering. And there’s so much I would like to learn – the Department of Making and Doing in Philly has a great class for newbies to learn how to use the laser cutter. LASER CUTTER. Who wouldn’t want to learn how to use one of those bad boys? But I really have enough of a learning curve to keep me frantically busy. And yet – that laser cutter class is April 22nd and is only $50 bucks. Anybody else tempted?
As time marches on (gallops, really) closer to summer, I am working on getting the PR assembled – press releases, PowerPoints for school visits/assemblies, flyers, game board reading logs, registration cards, etc. John is working on a logo for KidsMake, and I am in danger of making him head for the hills with all of my “suggestions.”
Good thing I’m taking vacation in May, right?