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.

Design Challenge – MLK 2017

Thingiverse recently added MLK as a Featured Collection on their front page. Designs in a featured collection received huge increases in number of views and downloads. The problem is that the collection only features 3 designs and 2 of them are mine. When I first wrote about this issue  in 2014, there were 0 relevant hits… Read more »

Giving as a Core Value

Whenever I go to a conference or a maker event, I bring gifts. A small topo map of Virginia for the FabLearn conference, makerspace starter kits and business card flashlights for education conferences or personalized gifts for fellow makers at Maker Faire. I’m lucky to have access to a makerspace filled with shiny tools. The… Read more »

WIP 002: Flexy Tree

Here is another Work in Progress post. Text file is filling up with ideas. I’m using iA Writer to post a draft directly into WordPress which is pretty cool. Saves a step or two though I do need to work on learning markup. Question: What DigiFab device should I take on vacation? Answer: Othermill CNC… Read more »

WIP 001: Stamp Attack

Warning: This post documents Work In Progress. If you want a polished product, this is not the post you are looking for. Learn more in WIP 000. Welcome to WIP 001 a first step in journaling my progress in all things #DigiFab #FabLearn #MakerEd #makerspace. For those interested in the details. I’m drafting the text of… Read more »

WIP 000: Work in Progress

Sylvia Martinez, head cat wrangler for the FabLearn Fellows, says to post more stuff. She says that it doesn’t need to be perfect, just jot it down and publish. Unfortunately, this ethos doesn’t fit with my normal workflow. A typical post on my DesignMakeTeach.com blog involves a lot of work. Steps include brainstorming a project,… Read more »

Othermill Linoleum Stamp

This is a quick project journal entry to document creating a linoleum stamp on the Othermill Pro. I have been trying to figure out workflow and some project examples to share with teachers on the use of desktop CNC machines in the classroom. One of the advantages of CNC machines is that they can utilize… Read more »

Reinventing the Makerspace Starter Kit

One of the most popular resources on my blog DesignMakeTeach.com is the Makerspace Starter Kit. It is designed to empower educators to claim space in their instructional area for learning by making. I give out the kits at my workshops to motivate and inspire educators to action. I ask educators to plant a Makerspace seed… Read more »

Lesson Plan: 3D Printed Lithophane

I submitted the following, Lesson Plan: 3D Printed Lithophane, as a last minute entry into the FormLabs: Innovate and Educate Challenge in hopes of winning a Form 2 resin 3D printer. Entries composed of a lesson plan pdf and related STL files were required to be posted to Pinshape. My lesson is posted at https://pinshape.com/items/29307-3d-printed-lesson-plan-3d-printed-lithophane. The Form 2 has been… Read more »

HELP! MAKER PROJECT CHAOS

I need help! My maker projects are in chaos. Three years of designing, making and sharing 3D designs and makered projects have left my computer files and basement workshop in a mess. I’ve always been a packrat (collector?). When I first started building computers and working in TechEd, having the right cable or spare part was important…. Read more »

My FabLearn Fellow Application

Here is my FabLearn Fellow application which I’m posting as a reference for a reflection piece at the end of the fellowship. It might also be useful for folks interested in applying for the program in the future. The FabLearn Fellows application itself was fairly straight forward requesting basic contact and job info as well as… Read more »