A Community of Makers

Happy Wednesday, makers! We had three visitors this afternoon to the makerspace from Hiawatha Elementary School to learn all about 3D printing. Students read the book Beauty and the Beak by Deborah Lee Rose with their Library Media Specialist Kathy Lawrence, and wanted to experience firsthand the topics discussed in the book.

Beauty and the Beak tells the true story of Beauty, a wild bald eagle who was shot illegally and lost her top beak. Through the rehabilitation process, she received a 3D printed prosthetic beak!

These students learned all about 3D printers from one of our Essex High School makers Sam, who regularly uses the 3D printers for class projects and for fun. He taught them how to make models using Tinkercad, and they even designed and took home their own 3D prints!

Makerspaces provide wonderful collaborative environments that enrich learning. We are so happy to be part of a community of makers!






The 3D printers are a fun and innovative way to create replacement parts for everyday objects. Why go out and buy something that you could make yourself? Jesse did just that.

Who are you?
Jesse from the Audio Visual department.

What did you make?
Lens caps of various sizes.

How did you make them?
The basic design is credited to “ForgetfulJones” on Thingiverse, which involves a one-piece spring built into the cap itself. After converting the original 55 mm lens cap design to 46 mm (100/55 = 1.81 * (55-46) = 16.3% difference in scale) and adjusting the “spring” thickness for more tension the cap fit perfectly!

What did you learn while making it that might be useful to others?
A basic design can be modified and/or scaled to fit a range of needs. In the case of lens caps where the total diameter is the only variable, one can essentially make any size.

Next time you check out a camera from the AV department check out one of Jesse’s bright orange lens caps!

Making is Electric!

Maker Carl F. created a Slayer Exciter using copper wire, a  a 2n2222a transistor, a 22kOhm resistor, and “a lot of magnet wire.” Carl mentioned that he created the air-cored electrical transformer as a demonstration for Robotics Club to show students what is possible when cobbling materials together. Hopefully this magical-maker display of electrical ingenuity inspires curious makers to take the leap with electronics.IMG_1176

Fairy Dress

A student created a fairy dress for her final project for theater class. The assignment was to design a costume and she chose to bring her creation to life by sewing it life-size!

It started as an idea, a sketch…


And it became this!

Laura & Fairy Dress


She sewed fabric flowers to the top section of the dress as well as the tulle, which creates the illusion that flowers are floating on a sea of pink. Nice work!

If anyone else is interested in making clothes, we have a mannequin in the makerspace!