About Me:


Instructor, University at Albany, Department of Informatics

Instructor, College of St. Rose, Music Department

2015 Artist in Residence, Arts Center of the Capital District.

Previous faculty positions include Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute & Bennington College.

Personal & research interests include multimedia, electronic art, 3D printing & web technologies.

Multimedia / Creative Consultant / Owner - Northeast Multimedia.

My Topic/Purpose

In this mini course children grades 4-6 will be introduced to, and explore the world of 3D printing through demonstrations and activities.

Commercially available desktop 3D printers are widely available and becoming more common in schools, libraries and even homes. 3D printing brings many disciplines together in Science Technology Engineering Arts Math - commonly known as STEAM.

Each student will be able to answer the following questions at the conclusion of the course:

  • How does a 3D printer work? (How does a printer function overall? What material does a 3D printer print with?)
  • What are the components of a 3D printer? (Individual Parts / Components)
  • What are some projects / things that have been printed with a 3D printer? (What can be done wiht a 3D printer today)
  • What might be possible with a 3D printer in the future?

Additionally, students will be able to create basic models using pre-defined geometric shapes in a free software package called Tinkercad. This addresses Higher Order Thinking as related to Bloom's theory of cognitive domain as students must Remember, Understand, Apply, Analyze, Evaluate and Create.

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