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Ms. M. from Charlotte NC is requesting Instructional Technology through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

Have the 3D Printer, All We Need Is the Ink!

Help me give my students first-hand experience using a 3D printer in class! A 3D printer was donated to us but we need ink or filament to actually put it to work!

  • $460 goal

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My Students

My scholars are in the prime of their development in their middle school years. My class touches 6th, 7th, and 8th grade students. Our school is STEM (science, technology, engineering, math) focused so all scholars get a chance to experience the different types of technology out there.

Our school has recently been assigned as a Title 1 school which in some ways is wonderful for our scholars but in regards to elective education, funds are extremely limited.

The scholars that I teach come from very diverse environments but they all have one thing in common...they are eager to learn. They flourish through unconventional learning techniques such as hands-on demonstrations. Paper, pen, and Chromebooks are all wonderful tools, but as soon as you place the lesson in their hands they light up!

My Project

A kind educator donated a like-new 3D printer to our CTE (career technical education) classes, but in order to see them at work we need ink (known as filament in the 3D world). My automation and robotics class as well as my science of technology class both spend a lot of time learning about engineering, design, and innovation. When I relayed the news that we would be experimenting with a 3D printer, they couldn't hold back the excitement! That's saying a lot when dealing with middle schoolers.

By utilizing the printer, the scholars not only get to tap into their engineering capabilities, they also get to recognize and explore their creativity from a STEM perspective.

Hence the reason we are requesting such a variety of filament. I don't want the scholars to hold back. I want them to be able to investigate all the 3D printer has to offer and consider what they can add one day!

Ms. M.
Grades 6-8
Nearly all students from low‑income households

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Mika3D 12 in 1 Bright Shine 3D Printer Silk PLA Filament Bundle, Most Popular Colors Pack, 1.75mm 500g per Spool, 12 Spools Pack, Total 6kgs Material with One Bottle of 3D Printer Stick Gift • Amazon Business $149.99 1 $149.99
1.75mm PLA Filament Bundle, 3 Spools Pack (White/Black/Blue), Widely Compatible for 3D Printers, 1.1 lbs/Spool, Total 3.3 lbs, with One 3D Print Stick Tool by Mika3D • Amazon Business $34.99 2 $69.98
3D Printer PLA Filament Bundle, 1.75mm+/- 0.03mm, Widely Compatible, 3 Spools Pack, 1.1 lbs/Spool, Total 3.3 lbs, with One 3D Print Remove Or Stick Tool (Pack of 4) by Mika3D • Amazon Business $33.99 1 $33.99
Creality 3D Ender 3 Ultra-Flexible Removable Magnetic Build Surface 3D Printer Heated Bed Cover 9.25x9.25 Inches • Amazon Business $14.99 2 $29.98
Silk Purple 3D Printer PLA Filament 1.75mm 1KG(2.2LB) Shiny Silky Purple Blue Printing Material Lilac Violet Mauve Lavender Pansy Orchid Amethyst Raisin Dark Reddish Purple by SHENGTIAN • Amazon Business $24.99 1 $24.99
Silk Gold 3D Printer 1.75mm PLA Filament 1kg 2.2lbs Spool High Diameter Accuracy Widely Compatible TTYT3D • Amazon Business $20.99 1 $20.99

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