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Tech Kidz Club – 3-D Printing and Electronic Name Tag Assembly (Week 4)

With the 3D printer, we were able to print 3-D names for all the children with their help
With the 3D printer, we were able to print 3-D names for all the children with their help

Today, we spiced things up by incorporating one of the FabLab 3-D printer into our outreach schedule. By doing so, the children got a peek at the wonders that technology has to offer. With this machine, you can bring any 3-D miniature concept into reality.

The children enjoying a demonstration of the printer hard at work bringing a 3-D model cat to life
The children enjoying a demonstration of the printer hard at work bringing a 3-D model cat to life
Jeremy, Alex and Meryie learning how to make designs that will then be 3D printed.
Jeremy, Alex and Meryie learning how to make designs that will then be 3D printed.
Harris, Rohan, Jeremy, Meryie and Alex hard at work
Harris, Rohan, Jeremy, Meryie and Alex hard at work
Neema and Rohan enjoying their turn on the 3-D printer
Neema and Rohan enjoying their turn on the 3-D printer
Allan and Alex showing their dad what they've been up to.
Allan and Alex showing their dad what they’ve been up to.
Rohan, Allan, Jeremy and Sean coming up with ideas for a new model.
Rohan, Allan, Jeremy and Sean coming up with ideas for a new model.

Once the models were created, the children went into their usual groups and started off with scratch while the 3-D printer was hard at work. This week, the kids got down to understanding the Scratch program a little better.

Jeffrey helping Wangari out at her project
Jeffrey helping Wangari out at her Scratch project
Alex and Allan assisted by Val and Jill
Alex and Allan assisted by Val and Jill
Neema, Sean and Meryie assisted by Philip
Neema, Sean and Meryie being guided by Philip on their Scratch programming project
Samoire hard at work coming up with an advertisement on scratch while Michael takes Venessa through the basics
Samoire hard at work coming up with an advertisement on scratch while Michael takes Venessa through the basics

Before the children were able to present their projects, we all sat down and took a break.

Break Time. With some of the work behind us, we all sat down and chilled for a bit.
Break Time. With some of the work behind us, we all sat down and chilled for a bit.

We had a brief warm-up session to get them into high gear for their presentations.

A little warm up before the presentations
A little warm up before the presentations

They each presented their games and let the other kids take turns playing them. They joy they got from this is indescribable. With the 3-d printing done, the kids assembled into one group with manila paper, name tags, 3D printed names, copper tape, batteries and LED lights and all made their own customized name tags complete with flashing lights.