My students need a 3D printer to build and create models of atoms, elements, and compounds so they can visualize chemistry on the molecular level.
"Be the change" is a quote I have displayed in the front of my classroom all formed from element abbreviations and scientific symbols. My students are invested each day to study the subject of chemistry and recognize its importance to positively affect their lives and change the lives of others.
My students are an enthusiastic and curious bunch of girls who are eager to learn and understand science.
Going to an all-girls school has given them the chance to indulge in scientific inquiry without the fear of gender stereotypes and they never hesitate to ask questions. They do best with any hands-on learning experiences and always want to know why a specific phenomenon exists or how scientists made a certain discovery.
My students are from low income neighborhoods in inner city New York, and do not get support with chemistry at home. They are independent thinkers and work very hard to master the material because they are invested in succeeding for their future. They often ask questions about college and I want to ensure they are prepared for future science coursework at a rigorous level.
My students love to see what they are learning. Whether it is reading independently for information, sharing problem solving together on a whiteboard, or completing hands-on lab experiences, visual learning is paramount. One of the biggest challenges I have with limited classroom resources has been finding ways for students to model concepts we are learning in chemistry in a tangible way. My students will be thrilled to see and even better to feel their learning through the funding of this project. The opportunity to have a 3D printer in my classroom would give my students unlimited opportunities to explore their understanding in an extremely hands-on way. I imagine students building 3D models and examining the structure and shape of different kinds of compounds. Having this technology in the classroom will expose my students to the cutting-edge science and engineering that they can be inspired to use and develop for the rest of their lives.
My students are hopeful.
They believe that the hard work they are putting in now will lead them on a life they will be proud of. I want them to be prepared to contribute to the technological and scientific communities that will push the progress of American education. I hope that through the use of this new printer, my students will be inspired to use their studies to change the world.
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