Over the past semester I have learned and experimented with programs and technology that I previously thought was inaccessible to me because it was either too difficult to learn, too expensive, or both. What I discovered was that these computational tools were far closer to my reach than I ever realized.

I worked with two programs, one for coding and one for 3D printing and design. The first one I learned was Scratch, a programming site that allows users to create stories, art, games, and animations. This website breaks down the complex language of code into more simplified blocks; it…

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