I just saw the Maslow CNC coverage by Thomas Sanladerer at MFBA, and was instantly blown away.
First, some background:
I’ve been an engineer for over 30 years, and I’ve been volunteering quite a bit at a local continuation high school.
Ive been helping in a wide range of areas, starting with being a tutor/TA for math and CS classes, and also being a mentor/advisor in the construction and agriculture classes. A large chunk of my time was also spent pushing long-neglected projects to completion, particularly in support of the school’s large garden, which included raised soil beds, a small grove of fruit trees, and a large closed-loop hydroponic/aquaponic system that include a tilapia pond.
There were three things this school (and every school?) desperately needed: Money, staff time, and volunteer support. By volunteering my time I was helping ease some demands on the first two items, but not as much as I’d like.
One thing I’d really like to see is more education in the context of applied technology. The CS class project is to make a simple Java game: I’d like to see them also contribute to useful applications to meet real needs in the school, particularly with monitoring technology in the garden. I’d also like to see the construction and shop classes create CAD designs they can then build.
That’s why the Maslow CNC blew me away, as an ideal union of design and fabrication. While I greatly enjoy 3D printing, and believe every student should be exposed to it, working on a larger scale with construction materials could more directly lead to real-world careers.
Unfortunately, I know the school lacks the funds to purchase a Maslow CNC, and it is also way beyond my ability to provide one as a donation.
So I’ve come here seeking wisdom:
Would a Maslow CNC be appropriate for a high school construction shop?
If so, which ways should I investigate to help make this happen? At the moment, given that I have no fundraising experience, I’m having trouble getting beyond a “GoFundMe” campaign. Other ideas?
Who else should I try to recruit to get involved? I’m certain the school faculty and staff will get behind it, but who else?
What other questions should I be asking?