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  • Hawthorne Elementary School
  • Boise, ID
  • More than half of students from low‑income households

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My students think deeply and conceptually. They are fascinated (obsessed) with converting ideas into reality. The process of 3D printing includes both conceptual and hands-on engineering and making. As we progress through this learning and doing, we will seek opportunities to share process and creations with the world through state STEM competitions, presentations, and blogging. The connections to Next Generation Science Standards are many. Students not only deepen their knowledge in the sciences (including the engineering practice), but contextually apply foundational reading and writing skills. We are currently using the context of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics) to increase inquiry and rigor in learning. A 3D Printer will provide an avenue for authentic application. Genius Hour is one example of meeting my students' needs. This informal hour-per-week is open-ended and driven by student curiosity. Criteria: start with a driving question, involve research, the product/outcome must be shared. Experiencing a sense of control and ownership is often lacking in their home life. Students flourish in this environment and learn the skills of collaboration, communication, and the dynamics of working with community experts. They practice formulating essential questions, breaking work into manageable chunks, and presenting to an authentic audience. Examples of student-led projects include the design and coding of environmental computer games, an automated chess move recorder based on an Arduino, and model designs utilizing TinkerCad and Thingiverse.

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My students think deeply and conceptually. They are fascinated (obsessed) with converting ideas into reality. The process of 3D printing includes both conceptual and hands-on engineering and making. As we progress through this learning and doing, we will seek opportunities to share process and creations with the world through state STEM competitions, presentations, and blogging. The connections to Next Generation Science Standards are many. Students not only deepen their knowledge in the sciences (including the engineering practice), but contextually apply foundational reading and writing skills. We are currently using the context of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics) to increase inquiry and rigor in learning. A 3D Printer will provide an avenue for authentic application. Genius Hour is one example of meeting my students' needs. This informal hour-per-week is open-ended and driven by student curiosity. Criteria: start with a driving question, involve research, the product/outcome must be shared. Experiencing a sense of control and ownership is often lacking in their home life. Students flourish in this environment and learn the skills of collaboration, communication, and the dynamics of working with community experts. They practice formulating essential questions, breaking work into manageable chunks, and presenting to an authentic audience. Examples of student-led projects include the design and coding of environmental computer games, an automated chess move recorder based on an Arduino, and model designs utilizing TinkerCad and Thingiverse.

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