Welcome!

This page will be used for your continued access to resources used during the training. Please save the link, or bookmark it... Our goal is for you to use this resource in the classroom, to refresh you on equipment and setup, workflows, resources and instructions, as well as links to helpful gear and educational tools.

We at RCBI are pleased you're here, excited to contribute to accelerating tech and STEM in the classroom, and grateful to the Claude Worthington Benedum Foundation, for their continued support of incredible programs like this!

Thank to all of the above for making this possible!

Introductions...

Evan Nelson

Lean Agriculture Systems Specialist at RCBI

  • Program Missions
  • The Ag Innovation Showcase & info!
  • Ag Innovation
  • FYI and Resources

Deacon Stone

STEM Education & Maker Programs at RCBI

  • RCBI's Broad Mission
  • Maker Programs Mission
  • Program Missions
  • Ag Innovations info
  • FYI and Resources

Hardware and Kits You'll be Receiving...

link item description quantity
https://amzn.to/2EhDj5g 3D Printer monoprice mini delta --
http://bit.ly/2WmQQ5T 3D Printer monoprice mini delta 1
https://amzn.to/2JHETkC WiFi Switch temp humidity with probe 1
https://amzn.to/2YROaen 3D Printer Filament makerbot x10 pack quality 1
https://amzn.to/2HOwSYt 3D Printer Filament multi-color 1
https://amzn.to/30FGBJd WiFi Switch switches x6 pk 1
https://amzn.to/2YJEYse Extension Cord extension cords x2 pk 1
https://amzn.to/2X1Ve7p Water Pump pumps x4 pk 1
https://amzn.to/2JV8jvR SD Card Reader must include micro 1
https://amzn.to/2Eewly8 Raspberry Pi cannakit 1
https://amzn.to/2JXAoTc Keyboard trackpad combo, usb wireless 1
https://amzn.to/30xPN2e Arduino Arduino Kit 1
https://amzn.to/2JX0CFn 3D Printer Build Plate glass plate for 3dp 1
https://amzn.to/2X29ywJ Print Plate Clips micro binder clips 3
https://amzn.to/2HAKDeB Micro SD Card micro sd cards 3dp x10 pk 1
https://amzn.to/30FIhlZ Case/Toolbox toolbox peripherals kit 1
https://amzn.to/2YPfqKr Electronic Component Kit electronic components kit 1

You can find the actual product from one of the vendors from whom your kit item or hardware was sourced. Manufacturers often provide resources such as guides, instruction manuals, project booklets, drivers, downloads, and detailed descriptions on their websites.

Makers and hobbyists on outlets such as YouTube often detail incredible projects which can be found by simply searching for your kit or hardware by name!

Below we detail a few resources for specific items and kits; with concentration on the kits and projects we'll be doing hands-on in the classroom... but with a little exploration, imagination is the only limit to what you can make...!!!

3D Printer: Monprice Delta Mini

Wiki: FULL INFO on use, plugins, including instructions!

You'll need to follow these detailed instructions to use the print SLICER - which will prepare your files for printing...

  1. Download Ultimaker Cura
    1. *Note what version you downloaded for your machine!
  2. Follow instructions on Wiki (link above) to download the .zip folder for the version of Ultimaker Cura you are able to run on your machine
    1. *Again, refer to instructions at the Wiki!
  3. Place files from the .zip folder in the appropriate location on your Mac or PC

**Click here to see resources and Q&A at the bottom!

Raspberry Pi: Cannakit; Ultimate Starter Kit

*See the link in the table above, Cannakit is a kit-maker who packages lots of goodies with the Raspberry Pi. They do not make the Raspberry Pi, support and info about the Pi itself can be found at the company's website:

https://www.raspberrypi.org/

and incredible projects:

https://projects.raspberrypi.org/en/projects/

if you have a student interested in beginner coding; have them code in Minecraft on the Pi! Start here with this easy step-by-step guide:

https://projects.raspberrypi.org/en/projects/getting-started-with-minecraft-pi

Elegoo: Arduino Electronics Kit

See link above for resources --^ !

Morning: 3D Design/Printing Exercise!

Info you’ll need!

1.) Create a TinkerCad Account

*A PARENT MUST DO THIS! INDIVIDUAL MUST BE OVER 18!

  • Go to TinkerCAD.com, and click “JOIN NOW!” (top RIGHT)
  • Continue, adding the ADULT or GUARDIAN’S DATE OF BIRTH.
  • Add email address, etc.

You’ll retain access to this free account to design, and save your designs into the future!!

2.) Go Through the Tutorials in TinkerCAD!

  • If the first lesson “Learning the Moves!” (spiral stairs and tower exercise) doesn’t show up:
    • Click “Learn” top Right
    • Click “Lessons” mid-screen
    • Click “See All Lessons
    • Scroll down to find “Learning the Moves!” (the spiral stair tower)
    • Start from there!!

(* Click to download the above guide in the form of a printable PDF for classroom use, or to send home with students to obtain parent-made accounts...)

Explore TinkerCAD, file formats, and "SLICING" (preparing files for 3D Printing...)

Automation Project - Hands On!

Deacon will lead this project from the Raspberry Pi... notes on the project will be added here to follow!

Our Contact Info:

Bill Woodrum:
Agricultural Innovations
(304) 781-1670
bwoodrum@rcbi.org

Evan Nelson
Lean Agriculture Systems Specialist
(304) 781-1657
enelson@rcbi.org

Deacon Stone
STEM Education & Maker Programs
(304) 781-1659
dstone@rcbi.org

Q&A!

Info and Resources, questions you've asked, and info to benefit all...!


Question: Cura Slicing Program; use with Apple/Mac computers...

Hey Deacon thanks for the great demonstration yesterday! I am excited for the tools that we were able to bring home and start using them with students. I do have a question about cura. My school is a Mac school so I was wondering if you could walk me through the steps so that I make sure that when i download the program that I get it right. Thanks,

~Jackson County Educator...

Answer:

Sure thing! I had a great time too… also, just like you, I’m a Mac.
I’ve been through the installation instructions from Cura on preparing the program for use with the Monoprice mini Delta printer that you now have… It gets easier each time, but it is still confusing. One of the hurdles is (especially for Macs) you have to view hidden folders.
First, go here, to the Monoprice Delta Mini Wiki...
- Download the latest copy of Cura for Mac or PC
- Download the zip file for your version of Cura; this has the Monoprice Delta Mini printer profiles for Cura, and find the instructions on where to place the files
Here’s a link that should help view hidden folders, on a Mac it’s a simple command that gets run in the Terminal (command-line), the relaunch finder, and you can view hidden files. When you’re done, read another command in the terminal, relaunch finder, and the files are hidden again.
*If you have a recent operating system, there’s a simple keystroke to accomplish the above… You might try that first! Press “CMD + SHIFT + . “ while inside a Finder window.
(Keys pressed, hold "Command, Shift," then press "Period")
I hope you find that helpful. I’ll format it properly and add it to the resource page for all the Macs out there to benefit from. Lots of updates coming to the resource page, and I want to do my best to speak to needs and questions there in a way that everyone can benefit.
Thank you for your input it was great to have you at the training, don’t hesitate to reach out if you have further questions or need support!

~Deacon