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Mr. Matthes from Saint Paul MN is requesting technology through DonorsChoose, the most trusted classroom funding site for teachers.

Designing, Creating, & Making the Future in our Innovation Studio

My students need 3D printer filament, electronics kits, art supplies, hand tools and storage cabinets for their projects in our new maker space: The Innovation Studio.

  • $1,997 goal

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My Students

The largest Title I high school in Minnesota, our school serves an incredibly diverse population of students, including Hmong, Somali, and Native Americans. Year after year, our students continue to defy all odds, often being the first in their family to go to college or to be admitted to an Ivy League school.

With an innate spirit of service, our students' determination to succeed often stems from the desire to repay their respective families for the sacrifices they've made to get to the United States and secure an education for them.

My Project

We are building a maker space to allow Harding students to access cutting edge technologies in both digital manufacturing (such as 3D printing and laser cutting) along with traditional craft techniques and tools. These resources will be available to every student and teacher at Harding, a lot like a library.

The Innovation Studio, our version of a maker space, will allow students to create, build, and make across disciplines, integrating their learning with their personal interests.

From building solar houses, to laser cutting custom Japanese kanji stencils, or 3D printing earrings and necklaces, these tools and materials will open up a whole new whole of project-based learning to Harding students.

How will we use this equipment? We have a MakerBot 3D printer, but we need 3D printing filament so that students can print parts for their catapults, gears for their draw bridges, and mitochondria for their cell models. The card stock, cutting mats, and laser printers are for a book-making project. Our chemistry students make comics or stories about the different types of chemical reactions in order to remember and understand them better. The flash drives are for students to transfer their projects from the design stations to the 3D printers. The cabinets and work benches are for material, tool, and project storage.

We are so grateful for your help in making the maker space a reality at Harding High

Mr. Matthes
Grades 9-12

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
HP Laserjet Pro M452nw Wireless Color Printer, (CF388A) • Amazon Business $239.29 1 $239.29
Seville Classics 5-Tier UltraZinc NSF Steel Wire Shelving /w Wheels, 24" D x 60" W x 72" H • Amazon Business $179.50 1 $179.50
Seville Classics UltraGraphite Commercial Heavy-Duty Wood Top Workbench with Drawers on Wheels • Amazon Business $176.76 1 $176.76
HP LaserJet Pro M203dw - printer - monochrome - laser • Best Buy Education $169.52 1 $169.52
Seville Classics 6-Tier UltraZinc NSF Steel Wire Shelving /w Wheels, 18" D x 48" W x 72" H • Amazon Business $128.28 1 $128.28
TK8357413T 8-14 Solid and Stranded Wire Stripper 22 to 10 AWG Capacity • Grainger $12.21 10 $122.10
littleBits Electronics Synth Kit • Amazon Business $119.99 1 $119.99
TK8357412T 16-Piece Carbon Steel Tap and Die Set with 14 to 34 Size Range • Grainger $79.95 1 $79.95
58900-1015 - x-Acto Self-Healing Mat - 24" x 36", Translucent • Blick Art Materials $78.66 1 $78.66
Staples Masking Tape, .9" x 60 Yards • Staples Advantage $6.59 8 $52.72
MakerBot - 1 - true red - PLA filament • Best Buy Education $47.99 1 $47.99
MakerBot - 1 - true blue - PLA filament • Best Buy Education $47.99 1 $47.99
MakerBot - 1 - true white - PLA filament • Best Buy Education $47.99 1 $47.99
TK8357389T Drill Bit SetTitaniumSpeed Tip21 pcs. • Grainger $36.00 1 $36.00
Pacon Array Recycled Card Stock, Assorted Pastel/Bright Colors, 8 1/2" x 11", 250 Sheets/Pk • Staples Advantage $20.19 1 $20.19
Kingston DataTraveler SE9 - USB flash drive - 16 GB • Best Buy Education $6.46 3 $19.38
25214-1015 - Artool FrisketFilm - 10" x 15", Matte, Pkg of 8 Sheets • Blick Art Materials $11.93 1 $11.93
Wausau Paper Astrobrights Colored Card Stock Paper, LETTER-Size, 65 lb., Assorted Brights, 8.5" x 11", 250 Sheets/Rm • Staples Advantage $11.01 1 $11.01
Neenah Paper Specialty Card Stock, Bright White, LETTER-Size, 96 Bright, 65 lb., 8 1/2" x 11", 250 Sheets/Pk • Staples Advantage $10.26 1 $10.26
Standard Shipping • Blick Art Materials $9.95 1 $9.95

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