After 33 wonderful years of science teaching, I now find myself retired and busier than ever. What keeps me so busy you ask?
Last year I started up Creative 3D Printing with a very talented engineer named Jon Monath who I met through a “Meetup” I organized on Long Island, N.Y. We both have a frenzied passion for 3D printing and scanning, as well as an affinity for working with kids, teachers and tech enthusiasts.
Over the last few months we have started selling 3D printers, as well as providing “open the box” set-up, training workshops, and educational demonstrations. Training workshops include the all- important Professional Development courses for teachers and librarians. There is tremendous interest in developing “Makerspaces” in schools and libraries and we are becoming specialized in this arena.
Some of my favorite memories from my teaching career in Great Neck Schools involved the many different local and global projects that I developed for my students and for my school at large.
Many of these projects grew out of an idea that emerged from my Earth Science curriculum. This desire to build a project that transcended a lesson plan in order to bring about a larger and more dramatic learning experience has been part of me forever. I am part teacher, part showman and part publicist. This same mindset has followed me into my new 3D printing business with fantastic results.
Last year, while surfing the internet looking for interesting projects to offer to our clients, I came across Michiel van der Kley’s Project Egg website. It immediately resonated with me as an amazing opportunity to create a 3D printing global, collaborative, educational project.
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