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This is our new favourite place – MakerCrate. Complete with 3-D printers. What's not to like?

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MakerCrate entrance, via the ubiquitous pallets

MakerCrate entrance, via the ubiquitous pallets

Gear, stools, benches

Gear, stools, benches

Some more resources, plus an octopus around a window

Some more resources, plus an octopus around a window

3-D printers, including the MakerBot

3-D printers, including the MakerBot an UpMini

Filament ready to go

Filament ready to go

A friendly and polite interface to the MakerBot

A friendly and polite interface to the MakerBot

TinkerCad design

TinkerCad design

3-D printed model

3-D printed model

Its a small space, so storage is a challenge

Its a small space, so storage is a challenge

One small, but well used freight container

One small, but well used freight container

 

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And Windows Media Centre?

Part of our media set up, that has worked really well for us, is using Windows Media Centre. We have all our music and a large selection of documentaries and short video clips. The Media Center software is easy to use for kids and requires only a remote control, rather than a mouse and keyboard. Even a child who is not yet reading can operate the remote, and choose a clip using the pictures that Media Centre displays for each video.

Furthermore, children often want to, and benefit from, watching the piece they are currently interested in, over and over and over and over. This is easy for them to achieve themselves, using a remote.

If you have windows 7, you already have the software you need.