Making, Breaking and Actually Breaking #scumakers

Yesterday we explored the Cameo Silhouette.  This device is a great entry into the maker movement.  While it is relatively easy to use, it still has the ability to create some incredibly sophisticated stuff.

Yesterday’s class has been one of my favorite classes so far.  Not only did Rob Dumas @stray provide us with an incredible overview of the CPL makerspace, but I also really loved the vibe in class.  I covered only about 15 minutes of my teaching materials before we were off and running cutting to our hearts content.  I’m not sure if it is the Cameo, or that we are more comfortable just diving in, but everyone really just took to this session. It was a great moment for me.  Our space really transformed from a typically classroom with rows of students unengaged with the sage on the stage into a true makerspace where people are helping each other.

The only downside.  We somehow broke the cutting blade on the last cut job.  I spent an hour or two trying to fix this thing at home, but to no avail.  So I went out and bought two more.  It’s important to keep in mind the cost of keeping these machine up and running when creating a budget and/or plan for a makerspace (ahem, report coming up).

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One thought on “Making, Breaking and Actually Breaking #scumakers”

  1. Thanks for the tip regarding the budgeting. Upkeep is really important! I have had machines go out in the middle of a lesson from community events I have done in my hometown and it is not fun when you have 30 kids waiting to use a device and then is goes kaput. This class was the best though…the Cameo Silhouette is awesome!

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