3D Printing & Imaging Education
Let’s Talk 3D Printing with Children

I am proud to announce our publication of a new book by designer Carla Diana called “Leo The Maker Prince.” It’s a book that parents (or teachers) might read with their children to understand what 3D printing is all about.

LEO the Maker Prince

Somehow, 3D printing sparks people’s imagination. Perhaps the best way to introduce 3D printing to children is to tell them a story about it. “LEO the Maker Prince” is the story of a young woman who meets a 3D printing robot on a fateful day in Brooklyn. The book shows that a 3D printer can be used to make many different things, some of which are fun and decorative and others that are practical and useful. Children might wish to make some of the objects from the book from the design files that Carla has made available on the website for the book, LEOTheMakerPrince.com. Children can also create stories of their own, perhaps with their own 3D printed characters in hand.

I was so excited to get the book in my hands this week I called Carla and talked to her about LEO:

LEO The Maker Prince is a great gift for the holidays. You can order the book from Maker Shed or on Amazon.

2 thoughts on “Let’s Talk 3D Printing with Children

  1. I needed some more stuff on Amazon to get free shipping so I ended up purchasing it there vs. Makershed. I can’t wait to use this book as a predecessor to having a real 3D printer (dual head Zim from Zeepro is coming soon). I think this could make an interesting Sharing Day item as well at school. I will try to come back and comment after I check it out.

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DALE DOUGHERTY is the leading advocate of the Maker Movement. He founded Make: Magazine 2005, which first used the term “makers” to describe people who enjoyed “hands-on” work and play. He started Maker Faire in the San Francisco Bay Area in 2006, and this event has spread to nearly 200 locations in 40 countries, with over 1.5M attendees annually. He is President of Make:Community, which produces Make: and Maker Faire.

In 2011 Dougherty was honored at the White House as a “Champion of Change” through an initiative that honors Americans who are “doing extraordinary things in their communities to out-innovate, out-educate and out-build the rest of the world.” At the 2014 White House Maker Faire he was introduced by President Obama as an American innovator making significant contributions to the fields of education and business. He believes that the Maker Movement has the potential to transform the educational experience of students and introduce them to the practice of innovation through play and tinkering.

Dougherty is the author of “Free to Make: How the Maker Movement Is Changing our Jobs, Schools and Minds” with Adriane Conrad. He is co-author of "Maker City: A Practical Guide for Reinventing American Cities" with Peter Hirshberg and Marcia Kadanoff.

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