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Mr. Melton from Hialeah FL is requesting Instructional Technology through DonorsChoose, the most trusted classroom funding site for teachers.

3D Printing Tomorrow's Dream Today

Help me give my students Raspberry Pi 4 B mini computer so that they can build Internet of Thing projects. My students need 3D printer filament because they design and print cases and housings for various projects make.

  • $479 goal

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My Students

My students represent over 34 countries and speak over 20 languages. This is an amazing group of students who represent the best of their local neighborhoods. This being a magnet school, they have to have excellent grades then win a lottery to attend. It is a pleasure to have the opportunity to work with such dedicated and driven students.

Their dedication is reflected by the many sacrifices they make to attend this school.

Many students have to take multiples buses to attend school. They start their day well before sunrise to make the 7:15 A.M. bell. We have no sport programs and very limited extracurricular activities. The students' after school life is limited to study groups and career-centered interest clubs such as the information technology, engineering, and the medical professionals clubs.

Working with these students has the been the highlight of my career. Their energy, attitude toward learning, and drive make them a pleasure to teach. These students keep me on my toes and forces me to bring my "A" game every day. I am grateful to teach them.

My Project

Our students design Internet of Things devices. Experts predict that there will be 22 billion of these devices by 2025. These include any device that connects to the Internet that transmits some sort of information or functionality to the user. My students design, model, prototype and build these devices. They start with an idea, then they take that idea and turn it in a functioning circuit using a breadboard. Once the students have a working electronic device they use 3-dimensional modeling software to develop housing for that device.

Raspberry Pi 4 B's and 3D printer filament are essential components needed to complete these projects.

Without your help our students would simple not be able to complete these projects. We have limited resources so your contribution is critical.

Over my 20 years of teaching I have learned that giving students hands-on opportunity makes learning real. There is a huge difference between hearing a lecture or seeing a demonstration as compared to actually dreaming, designing and creating Internet of Things devices.

Mr. Melton
Grades 9-12
More than half of students from low‑income households

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Where Your Donation Goes

Materials Cost Quantity Total
Vilros Raspberry Pi 4 Basic Kit with Dual Cover Clear Case (4GB) • Amazon Business $78.99 1 $78.99
True Image Compatible Toner Cartridge Replacement for HP 410A CF410A 410X CF410X Toner HP Color Laserjet Pro MFP M477fdw M477fnw M477fdn M452dw M452nw M452dn M477 Printer CF410A CF411A CF412A CF413A • Amazon Business $77.99 1 $77.99
CanaKit Raspberry Pi 4 Basic Kit (4GB RAM) • Amazon Business $74.99 1 $74.99
Cool Toner 2PK 9000 High Yield Compatible Toner Cartridge Replacement for HP 26X CF226X 26A CF226A for HP Laserjet Pro M402n m402dn M402dw M402dne, Laserjet Pro MFP M426fdw M426dw M426fdn Printer Ink • Amazon Business $56.29 1 $56.29
3D Solutech Teal Blue 3D Printer PLA Filament 1.75MM Filament, Dimensional Accuracy +/- 0.03 mm, 2.2 LBS (1.0KG) • Amazon Business $17.99 2 $35.98
3D Solutech Natural Clear 1.75mm 3D Printer PLA Filament, Dimensional Accuracy +/- 0.03 mm, 2.2 LBS (1.0KG) • Amazon Business $17.99 2 $35.98
Scholastic All-in-One Schoolhouse Calendar Bulletin Board SC939405 • Amazon Business $10.79 1 $10.79

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