- Paperback: 260 pages
- Publisher: Apress; 1st ed. edition (May 2, 2015)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 9781484209059
- ISBN-13: 978-1484209059
- ASIN: 1484209052
- Product Dimensions: 7 x 0.6 x 10 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 4 customer reviews
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As an engineer and management consultant, Joan Horvath has coordinated first-of-a-kind interdisciplinary technical and business projects, helping people with no common vocabulary (startups, universities, small towns, etc). work together. Her experience as a systems engineer has spanned software development, spacecraft flight operations, risk management, and spacecraft/ground system test and contingency planning.As an educator, Joan’s passion is bringing science and technology to the non-specialist in a comprehensible and entertaining way that will stay with the learner for a lifetime.
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Regarding 3d printing, Horvath and Cameron provide detailed description and explanation of the 3d printing processes that currently exist, as well as the materials needed, and safety and cost issues. As they mention in the book, there is a steep learning curve involved in 3d printing. However, The New Shop Class is very helpful in providing ample resources for finding the answers that will help newbies.
The New Shop Class also discusses the rise of makerspaces and hackerspaces that are opening around the country. The book points out that many of these spaces are being opened in libraries and museums. If you are at all interested in learning how to do this stuff, you will find the direction given in the book regarding makerspaces and hackerspaces invaluable! Starting in 3d printing, I ran into several roadblocks that would have been very difficult to get around if not for the help I received from people at places like these.
The discussion regarding makerspaces and hackerspaces leads to another question implied by the book: Why are public schools and education policy makers not embracing this movement? I have been teaching in the Los Angeles area for over thirty years. In that time I have seen the closing of almost all of the shop classes and industrial education courses in the second largest educational institution in the country, and I know this has been a pattern in most of the school districts in the state of California. Now there is a movement in which students can learn STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math; some folks add art into the mix, calling it STEAM) subjects by actually doing, and they can do this safely and relatively cheaply, and in a way that is accessible to all students. Yet, rather than enacting state or district mandates to incorporate STEM and STEAM into the curriculum through making, it seems that it is up to individual teachers to incorporate these methods of learning by making in their individual classrooms, or it is left to the few motivated and knowledgeable parents who do this to enrich their own children's education.
Read The New Shop Class. You will find it to be an excellent resource!
The tone of this book is consistently helpful, fun, and supportive. As the mother of a daughter, I also appreciate that the author shares some of the challenges she encountered as she pursued her own educational and career goals in a traditionally male-dominated field, and provides resources for advice and support.