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Make a Ring Pop in 3D!

Ring Pops were invented in the late 1970s by a man named Frank Richards who was a product engineer at the Topps Company. He wanted to help his daughter in breaking her thumb-sucking habit, so he invented the Ring Pop as a treat to eliminate her childish addiction. ( Wilson, Laurnie. “A Ring Pop History”. Candy Favorites.)

In the videos below, PLTW IED Master Teacher Corey Duzan features three different ways to make a ring pop in 3D modelling software: Autodesk Inventor, Autodesk Fusion 360, and OnShape. OnShape is a FREE new-comer to 3D modelling market and is browser based. Works great on a chromebook. Thanks for the TNT Tuesday series on Youtube Corey!

Autodesk Inventor

Autodesk Fusion 360


More Ring Pop History


Ring Pop is the brand name given to a lollipop that is in the shape of a diamond ring. These are both delicious and gorgeous to look at, becoming a favorite with many boys and girls, even adults. Invented in the year 1977 and first sold in 1979, the Ring Pop is made with fruit juices that have been hardened to give it the various flavors it has. These flavors consist of natural fruit concentrates in addition to, or sometimes only, artificial flavors. At times artificial flavors were used in the to minimize the cost of production whilst keeping the same taste.

Ring Pops were presented in a new and exciting way to the public, it was also designed to give consumers a very interactive product and one which could be extremely appealing to a younger user base. The ring Pop is fixed on the top of a ring made from plastic polymer which was easily able to slip onto the fingers of children. Ring Pops were designed to be worn and consumed at the same time, and this a key selling point. The marketing spin of Ring Pops was to challenge the dull way in which lollipops were commonly presented in 1979, as a block of candy stuck onto a thin wooden or plastic stick.

Ring Pop’s inventor was an ’employee of Topps named Frank Richards. Richards was the head in the sector of the company responsible for developing and releasing new lines of products for Topps. Legend states that the reason the ring pop was invented is due to Richards experiences during fatherhood. He had brought up a young daughter who had become addicted to sucking her thumb, a rather common thing with children, but concerning if it continues on for too long. In an attempt to halt the habit, Richard produced a new type of lollipop which would provide a better substitute to his daughter then sucking her thumb.

This lollipop ring was designed for Frank’s daughter to be a functional piece of jewelry, which could be worn and be licked simultaneously. It was also intended to be marketable to the public and the idea was shared with the company. The product was officially launched as a range from the Pennsylvania manufacturing branch of Topps in 1979, and incorporated various flavors such as melon, strawberry and cherry. Cherry ring pops appear to be one of the best sellers, watermelon ring pops seem to be very popular also. At first the marketing for the Ring pop was directed mainly amongst young girls. However the product also became a huge hit amongst young boys, and the marketing changed to reflect that in later promotions.

This new lollipop saw immense success among all the states in America. The young population of the United States was in love with this unique product which took a new take on producing lollipops. The product has also seen huge popularity amongst a older audience. As the popularity of ring pops grew, new flavors were introduced and spin offs were created.

 Ring Pop’s has been used as a celebratory sweet, as it was given out at the end of a Basket Ball game in America, awarded to the Dallas Mavericks. But the Ring Pops given to the Dallas Mavericks were limited edition, as they contained rare crystals manufactured by the luxury good company Swarovski

The advertisements created for the Ring Pops emphasized the fact that the candy wasn’t stuck on top of a stick, with one slogan reading “It’s a lollipop without a stick” and this just shows how this was a revolutionary product which challenged the production of lollipops. Ring Pops are a very interesting and unique product that became a popular brand name amongst the general public. The product went on to seal its place as one of the first lollipops which didn’t use a stick and used a ring instead.

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New! Dobot Resources

You’ve asked… We’ve listened. We are in the process of developing even more “stuff” for the Dobot Magicians for those of you who use them in your classroom.  Please click on the link below to get more info on where to get resources like:
  • More information on where & how to buy them
  • Presentations
  • Lessons & Activities
  • Teacher resources
  • Student resources
CnJCIM is continuing to develop new resources as well as update current resources for using the Dobot Magicians. We would like to be able to keep you up to date with all of the resources we are creating. All the information collected on this survey will not be shared with anyone outside of the CnJCIM network and will only be used for the purposes of better developing more specific resources for teachers and professors like you.  
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CIM MT’s Attend PLTW Summit 2017

We had a blast at the summit in Orlando Florida this year. Below are a few photos of some of the best CIM teachers in the world.

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2016 PLTW Engineering Teacher of the Year Chris Hurd

Original article in PLTW’s website can be found here.

Chris Hurd, PLTW Engineering Master Teacher at Cazenovia High School in Cazenovia, New York, received the 2016 PLTW Engineering Teacher of the Year award at PLTW Summit 2016.

Hurd has been teaching PLTW Engineering since 1999 and has credits in Introduction to Engineering Design (IED), Principles of Engineering (POE), Digital Electronics (DE), Computer Integrated Manufacturing (CIM), and Engineering Design and Development (EDD). He became a Master Teacher in 2000.

Cazenovia High School Principal Eric Knuth describes Hurd as a €œforce of nature€ whose skill in building relationships €“ with students, colleagues, and community leaders €“ is unparalleled. Hurd is a trusted adviser and a constant champion for his students; he believes in them wholeheartedly and challenges them to do things they never thought they could. Furthermore, he is known in his community as THE guy when it comes to teaching engineering to high schoolers.

One would be €œhard-pressed to find anyone that has more of a positive impact on kids€™ lives than Chris Hurd,€ Knuth says. €œHe has been a mentor and model for of hundreds kids, and he changes lives, one student at a time.€

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