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Ranging up to 17 feet high, some buildings are designed to expose their internal structure, so visitors can view the complex and intricate design and engineering that goes into construction of the models. This one-of-a-kind, museum-quality exhibit debuted at the Museum of Science and Industry in Chicago in 2009 and has since been displayed across the United States.
When John Mazurek, a member of local knitting club that meets weekly at the library, moved away last December, his leaving inspired the group to become crafty in more ways than one.
One week later, the group was back to their usual library meeting place, Conference Room H. Yarn, knitting needles and as hoped for, John in attendance via Skype.
• Designed for groups of 4–12 people
• Must be scheduled by an Arlington Heights cardholder, other participants need not be
• Please schedule at least 2 weeks in advance
• Classes available on 60+ tech topics
The course culminated on January 20 when the students presented their final 3D projects before an audience of some 50 parents and teachers. Thomas Middle School Principal Brian Kaye emceed the program which was held in the Hub. Students presented ideas and 3D models that ranged from a clever set of interchangeable scissors handles, designed by Arlington Heights students Zoe Axelrod and Annie Waz, to an always in demand TV remote holder.
“Give me a show of hands, how many of you guys have lost your remotes,” asked Emil Harb and Michael Macynski, the student engineers of a sleekly-designed TV remote holder. “This is the item that shall fulfill your needs!”
In all 12 groups of students presented and displayed their printed 3D prototypes at the library.
“The kids were really well-prepared,” says Teen Services Supervisor Tom Spicer, who worked with the District 25 students. “It was really great to see that they were able to start using the modeling software to design and print workable prototypes and products.”
“It was really gratifying to see the students present their final products,” added Jim Grant, Thomas Middle School industrial technology teacher and creator of the class. “It was fun trying something new, and it was great working with the Hub staff. The teamwork between the school and library provided enhanced learning for the students and resulted in some really innovative and creative 3D products.”
Thomas Middle School will offer 3D RD in the spring with a new class starting in April.
Come explore our re-designed digital media lab, the Studio, and get creative. Interested in making your own movie or music video, or maybe you would like to touch up some old family photos? Make a reservation for up to two hours at a time or drop in. If you need help with your project, you can make an appointment for one-to-one assistance. Learn more about the Studio. Funded by the Friends of the Library.
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