To provide an interactive art making experience that allows participants to articulate their thoughts and wishes for improving their neighborhoods. Participants will receive an overview of 3D printing and design. If resources and supplies are available, participants will receive a 3D printed model of their final design.
This workshop is an in-person version of the digital Community Visioning session, which means that you can be much more interactive and imaginative with your supplies! Feel free to ask the participants to make models out of popsicle sticks, construction paper, pipe cleaners, and more. The important part is to provide a space for imagination. The in-person nature of this workshop also makes it possible for you to do a physical demo of 3D printing either with your own 3D printer or in collaboration with a local maker space.
Modeling craft supplies such as: pipe cleaners, pom poms, felt, popsicle sticks, glue, scissors, paper, pencils. 3D printer for demonstration (optional).
Introduction and Welcome
Context: Give some context to the activity. Are there existing community plans or projects that you're seeking feedback on? How does this activity about imagination relate to real world efforts to transform communities?
Community Visioning Art Session: Introduce the idea of Inventions for the Future. Ask people what they want to see in their community in 50 years, and ask them to model and/or draw the inventions that they need in order to create the future they want to see. During the shareback, ask people to comment on each other's inventions.
3D Printing Technology Overview: Use some of the tips provided in the Intro to 3D Printing section. If you have access to a 3D printer or a maker space, this is a great time for participants to see 3D printing in action and to ask questions.
3D Design Work Time: Ask participants to rework their designs now that they have a greater understanding of 3D printing. They can rework their designs on paper or digitally. For digital designs, set up a digital classroom by signing into TinkerCAD with an educator account (free). If possible, ask for pre-enrollments so that you can set up different accounts for students. I like to add some generic account names for drop-in students. This digital classroom allows you to view projects that students are working on and provide support.