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.
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
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