3D Printing in the STEM Lab

Herman L. Horn Makerbot 3D Printer

Students and teachers have been trying out the two new Makerbot Sketch 3D printers in the Herman L. Horn STEM Lab. During three MakerMonday workshops, student participants studied how 3D printers worked, learned to use Tinkercad, and designed their own creations. Tinkercad is a free online collection of software tools that help people all over the world think, create and make. The skills students learn using this tool will transfer to more robust programs when they are older, such as Autocad or Fusion 360.


After learning how to navigate Tinkercad, students created their first project – nametag keychains. Then they learned to import images to create pencil toppers (or just their own personal statues) of various animals and sports icons. As their final project, students designed and printed their own mazes. So fun!

Marble Mazes

During Professional Development time, teachers received short, basic training on how to manage using Tinkercad and the 3D Printers with their students. The goal at Herman L. Horn is to get students exposed to designing in 3D and the idea of 3D printing at an early age…before they are tracked into career paths in secondary school. Teachers were encouraged to have their students DESIGN and CREATE the objects that are printed in the lab rather than downloading pre-made objects for printing. In this type of project, planning is key for both the teacher and the students.

Teachers were given an overview of how 3D printing will work in the STEM Lab.

Next, the group brainstormed ideas for 3D printing that meet core standards in Virginia.

And finally, teachers had the optional opportunity to try to design their own keyring for printing.

Over the coming weeks, the 3D printers will be working hard as teachers and students begin incorporating 3D design activities into their lessons.

Osmo Learning System Resources

Students playing Osmo Words.
Students playing Osmo Words.

Osmo Resources

Herman L. Horn has begun using their incredible STEM Lab stocked full of all sorts of great things for students. One such thing is Osmos! The STEM Lab has 30 sets of Osmos for student use and a variety of different apps and hands on pieces to be used with them.


Early Learning Sets

  • Squiggle – use with Sticks and Rings (5 sets)
  • ABCs – use with Sticks and Rings (5 sets)
  • Costume Party – use with Costume Pieces (5 sets)
  • Stories – use with Costume Pieces (5 sets)
  • Monster – Use with whiteboards or paper and pencil
  • Numbers Toybox – Use with Numbers tiles (30 sets)

Grades 1-5

  • Words Edu – use with letter tiles (30 sets)
  • Newton – use with whiteboards or paper and pencil
  • Numbers Edu – use with Numbers tiles (30 sets)
  • Tangram Edu – use with Tangram pieces (30 sets)
  • Masterpiece – use with whiteboards or paper and pencil

Tips and Tricks

  • Keep hands and fingers away from the pieces after placing them so that Osmo can see it.
  • Keep the reflector centered along the top edge of your device so the camera can see the play space.
  • Keep the pieces close to your device so the camera can see them.
  • Play Osmo Tangram in a well-lit room. If your tabletop or surface is a dark color, it may be interfering with the software detection.
  • Try placing an 8.5 x 11 sheet of white paper on the tabletop, and then put the pieces on top of the paper.
  • Use whiteboards for Newton.

Check out this link from the Osmo for Schools website for more information for teachers – https://schools.playosmo.com/resources

Here’s the handout from the inservice:

Bitmoji Profile Pictures (and some educational ideas too)

So I’ve had a couple of requests for directions on making Bitmoji icons for Office 365 email.  To make this a little more “educational” I am going to add that once you learn how to do it, you could considering making Bitmoji stickers for your classroom.  I’ll add a link for directions on how to do that at the bottom.

To Create a Bitmoji Profile Picture for Office 365:

Set Up Your Bitmoji on Your Phone

  • Download the Bitmoji app to your phone (if you don’t already have it).  Create your account.
  • Customize your Avatar on your phone.

Install the Bitmoji Chrome App on Your Computer

  • Open Up Chrome and install the Bitmoji Chrome App.
  • Login to the Bitmoji Chrome App with the same login as your phone.

Save a Bitmoji to Your Computer

  • Click on the Bitmoji Extension and find the Bitmoji you want to use.


  • Right click on the Bitmoji and choose Save image as….  Save it to a place wehre you can find it again (maybe your desktop).

save as

Change Your Profile Picture in Office 365

  • Now login to Office 365 Mail.
  • Click on your profile picture (it may just be your initials) in the top right corner.


  • Click on the picutre icon.


  • Choose Upload a new photo


  • Adjust the photo as needed and then click Apply.


Using Bitmoji in the Classroom

After you’ve customized your email, you may want to consider using Bitmoji in the classroom!  Check out this great blog post about how to make Bitmoji stickers!


Why I Bitmoji? If I’m being completely honest, I bitmoji because I am obsessed and I find joy in sending and receiving bitmoji. And all the cool kids are doing it!


Laptop Collection Directions

Backing Up Files in One Drive

Backing up Files in One Drive Handout

Backing Up Book Marks

Below are directions for exporting bookmarks in Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, and Internet Explorer.  You can export the bookmarks and save them in OneDrive, then after you get your new laptop you can follow directions to import bookmarks.

 Google Chrome:


Mozilla Firefox:


 Internet Explorer: