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

Enabling the Future With STEM and 3D Printing

My students need a 3D printer, filament, and assembly materials so they can produce 3D-printed prosthetic hands for children in need.

  • $977 goal

This project expired on December 24, 2018.

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My Students

I work at a Title I, STEAM Academy School with minority students that come from low socioeconomic backgrounds and/or immigrant families.

Many of my students are English Language Learners and have diverse academic needs that go beyond the school day.

Because my students have such diverse academic needs, it's imperative that they are offered a variety of learning opportunities and experiences that foster motivation, interest, confidence, and engagement. I know that engaging my students in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) projects will offer the diverse learning opportunities my students need.

My Project

Our project will help us ENABLE THE FUTURE through our 3D printing STEM program.

These 3D printer, filament, and assembly materials will be used to teach my students the design and engineering process of developing prosthetic hands for the purpose of helping children who do not have two functioning hands.

Students will locate the prosthetic hand files from the Enable the Future website (, will learn to load the files, scale them to the appropriate size, and print them with our 3D printer. Students will also learn to load our printer with filament and will use the assembly materials to assemble each hand. Our goal is create a total of eight prosthetic hands.

3D printing projects not only aim to develop my students' 21st Century Skills, but will also target character development as students learn empathy during the process of creating for others in need.

This is a wonderful opportunity for my students to produce a final product that could potentially change the life of a child!

Mrs. Perez
Grades 3-5
Nearly all students from low‑income households

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This project will reach 30 students.

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
FlashForge Finder 3D Printers with Cloud, Wi-Fi, USB cable and Flash drive connectivity • Amazon Business $349.00 1 $349.00
Phoenix Hand by e-NABLE Assembly Materials Kit • 3D Universe $30.00 8 $240.00
Gizmo Dorks 3mm (2.85mm) Wood Filament 1kg for 3D Printers, Natural • Amazon Business $29.95 1 $29.95
LulzBot Taulman T-Glase PET 3D Printer Filament, 1 lb. Reel, 3 mm, Red • Amazon Business $29.91 1 $29.91
LulzBot PolyLite PLA Polymaker Filament, 2.85 mm, 1 kg Reel, Teal • Amazon Business $25.00 1 $25.00
LulzBot PolyLite PLA Polymaker Filament, 2.85 mm, 1 kg Reel, Natural • Amazon Business $25.00 1 $25.00
eSUN 3mm Black PLA PRO (PLA+) 3D Printer Filament 1KG Spool (2.2lbs), Actual Diameter 2.85mm +/- 0.05mm, Black • Amazon Business $23.88 1 $23.88

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