Category Archive for: Education

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    Generate Ideas with “Flow”

    It’s a demanding time of year with no limit to distractions, anxieties, and compounding responsibilities. Maybe you’ve had to pause on a passion project. Maybe you feel like you just aren’t producing anything of value. If you’ve hit a roadblock in your creative output, it’s important to take a brain-break. Have you played recently? When…

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    Makers: The Importance of STEM

    What is STEM? STEM refers to the academic disciplines of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math. The grouping informs policy and curriculum in the United States education system, most prominently, representing a contemporary focus on analytical development. There are several variations of this concept. eSTEM adds environmental considerations to the instruction of these disciplines. STREM includes…

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    Inventor You Should Know: Thomas Jennings

    Surely, scientist Madame C.J. Walker, astronomer Benjamin Banneker, and agricultural chemist George Washington Carver come to mind as legendary African American inventors. They are rightly celebrated as influential contributors to a rich culture of innovation, but they represent a great number of unnamed inventors—brilliant African American men and women who developed efficient processes and technologies…

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    Slinky: Is A Spring Toy a Good Idea?

    In 1943, Richard James, a naval mechanical engineer, sought to produce springs capable of stabilizing fragile ship equipment while at sea. He made prototypes of his idea and set them on a shelf. Then, one day, he accidentally knocked them over. He watched as they “slinked” off the shelf, onto a stack of books, down…

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    Inventor You Should Know: Mary Anderson

    Some of my favorite inventors who continue to inspire my work and my vision are well known icons of entrepreneurship, like Thomas Edison and Henry Ford. It’s important to remember, however, that our world today is built on the foundation of the innovative ideas of many lesser known thinkers and makers often marginalized or forgotten…

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    Rubik’s Cube: Is a 3D Puzzle a Good Idea?

    Over 350 million Rubik’s Cubes sold! Lesson: Don’t pre-judge ideas! The Rubik’s Cube is a familiar and beloved three-dimensional combination puzzle game. Invented in 1974 by architecture professor Erno Rubik, and reaching peak popularity in the 1980s, it remains the top-selling puzzle game in the world. The original game has evolved into many theme and…

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    3D Printing in the News

    This month, I’ve explored 3D printing as a developing technology set to impact global commerce and quality of life, I’ve shared several of my favorite 3D innovations, and I’ve introduced the story of inventor Chuck Hull, the father of this groundbreaking invention. The inventor is largely a jack of all trades. It’s important to keep…

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    Inventor Story: Chuck Hull & 3D Printing

    The father of 3D printing could not have known that his invention would grant future generations access to unlimited opportunities. Chuck Hull, like many inventors, developed a creation that innovators would continue to improve upon and use as inspiration to solve emerging problems. Over 30 years ago, the production of plastic prototypes was arduous and…

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    3D Printing Innovations to Watch

    3D printing technology is rapidly altering our world and influencing our approaches to persisting problems. In particular, I find the opportunities and developments in design and medicine among the most compelling. From maximizing the inventor’s efficiency and expanding his creative scope to offering dynamic solutions to challenges in the medical field, 3D printing is set…

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    3D Printing: A New Dimension

    I am excited to be an early adopter of the latest wave of technology gaining momentum and actively altering the landscape of many industries in inconceivable ways. Most thrilling, perhaps, are the creative possibilities these developments will bring to the inventor and the innovator. What is 3D Printing? 3D printing, or additive manufacturing, is a…