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Bottle Rockets


Using an A4 sheet of paper a couple of 3D printed parts and an empty fizzy drinks bottle you can make any fly your own rockets!


The free resources can be downloaded from the BfB wiki http://wiki.bitsfrombytes.com/index.php/Bottle_Rockets


Based on an idea from “mindsets” http://www.mutr.co.uk/



Bespoke USB Stick Project


Another Idea for a 3D Printing project suitable for use in Design & Technology (STEM).

Design and make a "Bespoke USB Stick"… a 3D printed case for updating an old flash drive . A project that guides students through from initial design ideas to a 3D printed object. Students will need to be able to use 3D design software.

The project can be downloaded from the BfB Wiki http://wiki.bitsfrombytes.com/index.php/Bespoke_USB_Stick

Mobile phone stands.. and more

In a slightly crazy way I decided I would try to do a 3D printing project with a whole class (rather than just a few students at a time)… I say crazy because I gave them a fair bit of freedom to choose what they wanted to design…. I pointed them in the direction of the Teaching and Learning resources on the BfB Wiki http://wiki.bitsfrombytes.com/index.php/Teaching_Resources and off they went. So, I have students designing for Clip-it, Keep it Safe, and Mobile Mate all at the same time.

Just to show some of the first prints from this group the pictures are of some mobile phone stands (funny how popular this project is). These are surprisingly elegant solutions for 13 year olds. More pictures will follow when we have printed some more projects.

Satnav for a bike part 2

You may remember some time ago I posted about a student project to convert an iPhone into a Satnav (see http://rapman-education.posterous.com/convert-an-iphone-into-a-satnav-for-a-bike )

I just thought you might like to see the finished result mounted on a bike…. Not bad for a 15 year old GCSE student

Chinese seals – a new Teaching & Learning resource


This project is for students who can already use 3D design software. The project suggests ways to use BfB 3D printers to produce Chinese seals. These seals are used for printing and they are used in place of signatures in personal documents, office paperwork, contracts, art, or any item requiring acknowledgment or authorship.


The project is freely available on the BfB wiki http://wiki.bitsfrombytes.com/index.php/Chinese_Seals


If you use this resource or any others from the BfB wiki please leave some comments/suggestions on this post or the BfB forum.


RapMan in a CADD Club (in the US)

Here is a fantastic example of RapMan being used in a CADD Club in a school in the US (Chatham High School, New Jersey ???). And a brilliant example of a cross curricular project (Math)…. Thanks “jmarino”.



So glad to see I’m not the only crazy teacher around J



Scheme of Learning

On the BfB Wiki I have published a resource for use by teachers to help with projects for designing and making- using the BfB projects on the wiki. The Scheme of Learning is designed around a 20 hour project (allowing time for flexibility)


Note. The SOL is “generic” most of the project ideas on the wiki can be used as the context for the designing and making activity. For a first time the best projects to use are http://wiki.bitsfrombytes.com/index.php/MP3_Design_Project ; http://wiki.bitsfrombytes.com/index.php/Clip_It_%26_Keep_it_Safe ; http://wiki.bitsfrombytes.com/index.php/Mobile_Mate ; or more ideas can be found in http://wiki.bitsfrombytes.com/index.php/Additional_Design_%26_Technology_Projects .


For Teachers in the UK the project is linked to….

* Personal Learning and Thinking Skills (PLTS)

* UK National Curriculum for D&T “Levels”

Teachers outside the UK may find these useful anyway!


A pupil workbook/portfolio linked to the Scheme of Learning can be found here http://wiki.bitsfrombytes.com/index.php/Project_Booklet  


The Scheme of Learning can be found here http://wiki.bitsfrombytes.com/index.php/Scheme_of_Learning

 This is just a screenshot


Loads of other Teaching and learning resources and ideas can be found here http://wiki.bitsfrombytes.com/index.php/Main_Page#Education


I hope this helps teachers who are always “busy people” with their lesson planning… and of course helping students to use BfB 3D printers in their lessons.




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