A Better Way to Learn Calculus

3D Printing & Imaging Education
Lotka Volterra model

with Joan Horvath and Rich Cameron

Author/Educators Joan Horvath and Rich Cameron join me to talk about their new book, Make: Calculus, which take a different approach to teaching and learning calculus. This book, like their previous book, Make: Geometry, relies on creating visual models created with Legos or 3D printers to teach Calculus concepts that can be hard to grasp from equations alone.

In the first part of the interview, we talk about the book and its unique approach to calculus. In the second part, Joan and Rich talk us through several ways to visualize calculus using models. I have provided links to the audio only (podcast), followed by a video of the second part, the demo portion.

Audio Podcast

You can buy Make: Calculus on Maker Shed or through most bookstores.

Demo Only Video

YouTube player

Joan and Rich will also be presenting at the Make: Education Forum on September 23 & 24, a virtual conference for maker educators.

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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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