Author: Josh Ajima

Josh Ajima is a technology resource teacher at Dominion High School, a public high school, and the Loudoun Academy of Science, a magnet science program, in Sterling, Virginia, United States. He has advocated for grassroots adoption of maker based learning in the classroom. He has a particular interest in 3D printing for education and has served as a member of the Make magazine digital fabrication review team. In 2015, he helped establish a digital fabrication lab at the Loudoun Academy of Science. In 2016, he served as team lead for Dominion High School’s winning proposal for the US Department of Education’s CTE Makeover Challenge. Ajima holds a bachelor’s degree in chemistry from the University of Virginia.

#MakersOfColor – Diversity in Maker Education

Makers of Color sharing their stories about the importance of diversity in making and maker education. #MakersOfColor A curated Makers Of Color playlist is available at https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLNzMzi6xJyxQRIzZIDhWaDonb4Hh2ni6U Suggestions for videos to add to the playlist are welcome. Share your #MakersOfColor story with @DesignMakeTeach on Twitter. Contact me or leave a comment if you would like to be… Read more »

0 Things: Diversity, Opportunity & 3D Printing

0 Things is a call to action for students, educators and makers to design and share 3D models that celebrate diversity, social justice and equality. Even with over 2 million things, searches of popular 3D printing repository Thingiverse often find 0 relevant models for topics related to identity, heritage and culture. Each empty search is… Read more »

VLOG 001: Where Are All the MakerEd (YouTube) SuperStars?

I’ve been looking for maker educators that are using video to tell the story of making and makerspaces in schools and haven’t been having much luck finding any. (Please share links if you have them) So I am starting the DesignMakeTeach YouTube channel to fill the gap and work on scaling up MakerEd to a… Read more »

WIP 006: In the Weeds

Musing: Right now a lot of professional development for educators is about just showing up. Seat time doesn’t equal engagement. How can educators receive credit for making/creating/implementing things? MakerEd for Maker Educators. Musing: People are weird about numbers. My school division has a per pupil expenditure of ~$12,500. (Which isn’t high when compared to our… Read more »

Always Be Hustling – FormLabs Edition

Anyone that follows me on social media is probably well aware that my Hidden Figures – Friendship 7 model is up for Top Educational Model in FormLabs 3D Design Awards powered by Pinshape. (Vote for my design here!) I’ve been asking for votes on Twitter, Facebook, Slack, Google+, Google Groups, LinkedIn and Instagram. Some of my maker… Read more »

Making the Buttons

One of the surprise hits of our makerspace this year has been the humble button maker. When we were setting up all the new equipment and tools in our renovated CTE classroom, we ran across an old button maker sitting neglected in a storage closet. Luckily, we also found a box of button parts. The button… Read more »

3D Printing Rosa Parks

I’ve written before about the lack of models related to African American History and Culture in my posts 3D Printing Martin Luther King, Jr. and Looking for African American History on Thingiverse. The lack of models is a great opportunity for students to contribute designs. Things are improving slightly this year with Thingiverse featuring both an… Read more »

Behind the Scenes: NoVa Maker Educator Meetup

I’m very excited to announce the NoVa Maker Educator Meetup at Maker Faire NoVa on March 19, 2017. Details about the event are available at https://designmaketeach.com/2017/01/26/319-nova-maker-educator-meetup/ The original idea was sparked during a conversation at the FabLearn conference in Stanford, California last October. I met two maker educator from the Flint Hill School, Joey Starnes @joeygstarnes and… Read more »

Quick SVG for DigiFab

A friend is getting started with the Silhouette Cameo vinyl cutter and was trying to cut a vinyl sticker of New Hampshire. He wasn’t happy with the quality of the outline he had found. I was able to send him a much better quality file in a matter of minutes. Here are the steps I took… Read more »

WIP 005: More Questions Than Answers

My son’s Peace and Love car entry into the Cub Scout Pinewood Derby. A maker rite of passage for scouting family in the US. (My daughter’s Girl Scout troop also participates in an annual derby.) Woodshop Cowboy published a blog post this week about the experience of making a Pinewood Derby car in the home makerspace…. Read more »