Thursday, September 24, 2015

Having Fun With The 3D Printer

By Alex Landrigan

As I write this blog entry an octopus is being created next to me. After a week of being unsuccessful in setting up the 3D printer, this is very exciting. It was a lot of trial and error but we have finally figured it out. Now that we know what to do it is actually fairly easy. It is just a matter of making your design (I don’t actually know how to do that yet. I still have to use example designs) and saving it onto the USB flash drive to print it. As expected, it takes a long time to print. The estimated printing time for this octopus is 30 minutes and I guess we will see how realistic that estimation is later. Check out the time-lapse video of the printing.

Thursday, September 10, 2015

Endless Possibilities with ORHS’s Maker Space

By Matt Jones

As an Advanced IT student at Oyster River High School I have had the outstanding opportunity to work on setting up the ORHS Maker Space. In just six days I have been able to experience working with a 3D printer for the first time, along with playing with a few other fun gadgets in the Maker Space.

The 3D printer is truly a look into the future. The picture to the right looks nothing like what someone would think of when they hear the word printer. Amazingly enough this is ORHS’s very own 3D printer! We are working hard to make this printer available to all of the students at ORHS. We look forward to sharing the amazing projects that this printer will be able to make.

Another cool gadget that I have had the opportunity to play with is called Little Bits. Little Bits are little electronics that magnetically connect to create circuits of varying complexity. ORHS has several different sets of these Little Bits. Once the Maker Space is open every student who is interested will have the opportunity to play with these fascinating gadgets. The picture to the left shows just one of the many variations of circuits you can make with these simple and fun electronics.