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!

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!

Teen Tech Week 2017 was a blast! We celebrated it March 8th-10th and used a drop-in format so that students could come and go, try new materials, and focus on what they were most interest in. Here are a few photos highlighting our week.

Sphero SPRK+ 3D Accessories

The newest member of our robot family has a new 3D printed cart! Here’s how the cart was made:

A few weeks ago our Sphero SPRK+ came in the mail, and this past week folks in the makerspace have been creating accessories for it! The plans for the cart were on Thingiverse, but they were adjusted in Cura and Tinkercad. The purpose of the cart is to put a GoPro camera on the back.

The cart was printed in four separate pieces: the head, the body, and two wheels. The prints took approximately 10-15 hours to complete.

Once the cart was assembled, the head piece fits around the robot (which can change colors!), and then you can control it through an app for the iPad called Lightning Lab.           makerspacesphero1


Come to the makerspace today to try out the robot!

Angler Fish Light

A student constructed this unique, useful pendant lamp with Popsicle sticks and fabric. It has a hollow structure that you can string a bulb and power source through. How cool is this!?


3D Airplane Wing

What did you make?

A 3D model of an airplane wing using CAD software.

Why did you make it?

I made the model for a senior capstone project which looked at how to make airplane wings more efficient.

What did you learn while making it that might be useful to others?

  • Revise, revise, revise.
  • Quick pro types are the future. The 3D printer allows me to go back and remake today instead of waiting as long as a year (common in older pro types).


Here are a few pictures of the printing process:

collage of prints

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Thank you for sharing your project with us, and inspiring other makers!