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Mrs. Oliver from Manchester PA is requesting Instructional Technology through DonorsChoose, the most trusted classroom funding site for teachers.

Creating Inventors & Problem Solvers

Help me give my students the opportunity to explore the design thinking process and make STEM fun and engaging through 3D printing.

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My Students

As a technology coach, I serve students in grades k-12. I have realized that at any age level, students crave the opportunity to be creative and innovative. There are many students who need to be able to show what they know other than on a paper and pencil assessment.

Let's allow our students to step out of a workbook and into the design thinking process!

Our district is introducing a "think, design, build, create" initiative to bring STEM into all classrooms and all content areas. Makerspaces are even being created that are stocked with supplies to promote the design thinking process. When students use these spaces, the enthusiasm you see is contagious.

My Project

One of the most desirable activities in our makerspaces is 3D design and printing. When students use the design thinking process to create 3D models, they are become inventors and problem solvers. It also creates responsible digital citizens through collaboration with peers.

3D printing can engage even the most reluctant learners.

It has that wow factor that allows students to show their learning in a new way. Students can create a prototype of an artifact that can help a character solve a problem. They can also recreate historical artifacts in social studies, print 3D models of molecules in chemistry, and create 3-dimensional objects in geometry, as a few examples.

Through 3D printing, students will be both career and college ready by designing solutions for real-world problems just as engineers and scientist do. Not only will this promote problem solving skills, it will also promote empathy and teamwork. The possibilities are endless!

Mrs. Oliver
Grades 3-5
More than a third of students from low‑income households

This project will reach 120 students.

11 donors have given to this project.

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XYZprinting da Vinci Mini 3D Wireless Printer • CDW-G $320.94 1 $320.94

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