Hi! I'm Patrick Benfield - the founding director of two K-8 educational makerspaces, a Co-Founder of co.lab // Community Makers, a nonprofit fablab, and Lead Mentor for UTeach Maker, a teaching fellowship for the University of Texas at Austin. I believe that democratizing access to the powerful ideas and tools of the Maker Movement is essential in education. In my work with learners of all ages, 3D printing is one of those tools that helps to ignite the spark of creativity, agency, and empowerment. (And sometimes frustration!)
Students learning about the components of a 3D printer by assembling a kit in teams.
A 3D printing project involving the use of 3D printing and the Mayku desktop vacuum forming machine.
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