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Mrs. Quinto from Riverside CA is requesting Instructional Technology through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

Bioluminescence in California, in 3D!

My students need a 3D printer to model the bioluminescent insects of California!

  • $4,358 goal

Hooray! This project is fully funded

Hooray! This project is fully funded

My Students

My students are hardworking, bright, young individuals. They attend school each and every day, ready to learn, and meet all high expectations. My students love challenges and face difficulties each and every day with smiles on their faces. My students come from a Title I school with a high population of English learners. Most come from a low-income household and have limited resources and experiences. To many of my students, their only chance of life-enriching activities are at school. They love school and I want to make this place the most enriching place for them!

My Project

Nothing captures the wonder of a child like bright, blinking lights. Growing up in California, my students don't get to quite discover the joy and wonder of seeing the blinking lightning bugs all around in the summer evenings. But just because they aren't easily spotted or seen, doesn't mean that they do not exist! There are several bioluminescent insects, and in fact a new species of bioluminescent insect that were discovered in California just about a year ago, by an undergrad student, no less! My students will be learning through a project based environment where they will be assigned the task of identifying, researching, and creating a bioluminescent species using a 3D printer!

I wish for my students to find the wonder and beauty in nature through the use of new technology and project based learning!

Students will be asked to identify their desired insect species and collaboratively create their research presentation slides and paper, using plenty of photos and videos to show examples of their luminating insects! They'll also be encouraged to find an expert to interview through skype to gain more knowledge. During this time, students will design their insect using Tinkercad. They must keep in mind a way to make and light up their insect model using LED lights, mini breadboards, and a power source.

My hope is that with combining technology with the bioluminescent insects project will kickstart students' interest branching out into the entomology field of science. Students will be ready to be our next generation researchers, inventors, and discoverers of our creepy crawly natural world!

Mrs. Quinto
Grades 6-8
More than three‑quarters of students from low‑income households

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
Ultimaker 3 3D printer • Matter Hackers $3,320.25 1 $3,320.25

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