I teach technology to about 700 students, K-5, across three schools in a pretty rural area of Northern Michigan. I love keeping our students current in technology by introducing them to real world experiences.
I can see the amazing things that my students are capable of and I'm excited to challenge their knowledge with new experiences!
It's amazing how quickly they catch on to new technology and just when it gets complicated, they find a way to push through and start showing ME new things!
45 minutes a week is the length of our time together, but the possibilities of what can happen in those minutes expands each week.
I would love to give my students a chance to become producers, not just consumers! I want them to experience at least a fraction of the amount of work that goes into imagining, designing, and manufacturing even the smallest of trinkets!
I want to accentuate hard work and a "try it again" attitude!
Especially when it come to the Design Process, things are not going to go right the first time... and that's okay!
The specific project that I have in mind to try with these 3D printers and my 5th graders includes creating and customizing small planters, planting seeds in them and delivering them to our community businesses! (Will they hold water? Will they be big enough? Will they print the way we want them to?) The kids will have a chance to see something real that they created out and about in the community! I'm also interested in creating "Life Logos" with my 4th graders! Little key chains that include a positive logo that symbolizes their life in the "here and now". Wear it proudly!
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