We are a group of students affiliated with the 3D printing club on campus who are interested in increasing awareness of 3D printing as a technology in the contexts of K-12 education, the UW college campus, and the broader community. We want to do that by being available to give informational talks and demonstrations in classrooms and other events, as well as by supporting educators interested in using the technology in their teaching, both in technical services as well as (eventually) ideas and resources for activities they might use to engage their students.
Want a live demo of a running 3D printer, along with over 100 example parts and a cool presentation of what 3D printing is all about? WOOF Outreach visits classrooms with an interactive, visually rich presentation on 3D printing technology. Suitable for grades 4 through 12, our talks generally last around 45 minutes.
WOOF Outreach also provides prearranged tours of the 3D printing club space, as well as the 3D printing research lab in the Mechanical Engineering Department at the University of Washington. We can accommodate groups of up to 30 at one time, and tours generally take 30-45 minutes.
Repairing 3D printers being used in K-12 classrooms in the greater Seattle area is another of the ways WOOF Outreach enhances access to 3D printers in the broader community. We can provide assistance in debugging and repairing machines which break down through email, Skype, or in-person visits. We’ve helped with everything from clogged nozzles to refurbishing a really neat 3DTouch printer left unused at the back of a classroom. WOOF Outreach volunteers can help by bringing their time and expertise to get printers back up and running so that teachers can focus on teaching.
WOOF Outreach hosts occasional workshops for teachers providing intermediate/advanced training in the use, care, and debugging of 3D printers. The 3-4 hour low-cost workshop conveys some of what we’ve learned building and caring for our printers over the last three years, including tips on printing difficult parts, hands-on experience debugging one of our printers in a safe, guided environment, and opportunities to network with other educators using 3D printers in their classrooms.
Please get in touch if your teaching would benefit from WOOF Outreach’s activities!