I'm a middle school STEM teacher in Lake Geneva, WI. Our STEM initiative is very well supported by my district, and I consider myself very fortunate. I've been teaching STEM classes for three years after being converted from a Science teacher. The past few years have been about building up equipment, of which I have 5 Dremel 3D Printers, 1 Structure 3D Scanner, 1 Base and Form Stationary 3D Scanner, an Epilog Laser Cutter, a Roland Vinyl Cutter, a classroom set of laptops, 10 small soldering iron stations and equipment, a few chop saws, and various hand tools. Again, I realize I'm very fortunate. I'm at the point now though, where I want to keep kids excited about the FabLab and Design classes I teach, while getting them ready and excited for classes they'll be offered in HS. I feel like I'm at a crossroads-Do I keep adding new equipment (like a CNC router) and move into new areas (like electronics) or do I just develop what I have more and keep building that up? My curriculum is completely flexible in my FabLab course. I'm always looking for new things to add, tweak, and improve, but I'm having a hard time zoning in and focusing on a long term vision. Does anyone have any suggestions?
We are looking at starting to purchase some new Fab Lab equipment and one piece has really intrigued us, but unfortunately we have been able to find very little information out there about it. Has anyone ever used, or even know someone who has used, a product called 5AxisMaker? Very interesting product for a really good price. Here is the link to their website. http://www.5axismaker.com/ Any information would be very much appreciated. ~Lomira School District