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Mr. Tevis from Houston TX is requesting Lab Equipment through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

Learning Happens Like Clockwork With Automota

Help me give my students a CNC router to transform their designs into working automata.

  • $985 goal

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My Students

I teach Introduction to Engineering Design and Robotics I and II to 14 through 18 year old students, many of them from low income or ESL households. They are bright and ambitious and very hands on in their approach to learning.

Learning by building is the preferred learning style of my students.

Designing and constructing projects bring out their creativity and enthusiasm in ways I haven't seen from pencil and paper assignments. My students take pride in the things they build. They make connections between the physics I teach and the objects they make.

My goal is to introduce my students to the tools and knowledge they will need for future careers. I want to help them be comfortable working with technology and become self-guided learners.

My Project

Our 21st century students have grown up surrounded by electronic marvels. They intuitively switch from device to device. But for all their tech savvy my students have less of an understanding of how mechanical devices work. Since robotics requires the use of both programming and mechanical engineering I need a way for students to improve their mechanical thinking skills.

Using automata - playful wooden hand cranked toys - my students can build an understanding of mechanical theory.

Automata use cams, gears and other simple machinery to add motion to cartoon-like figures. Usually made of wood, automata uses rotary, oscillating, linear and reciprocating motion to intertain.

My students already learn how to create 3D models of objects. By creating automita they will learn to visualize how moving parts interact. The CNC router provided by this grant will allow the students to cut their designs and assemble working automita. By upgrading the CNC router with the water-cooled spindle (also in the grant) student can cut pieces faster so more students can finish their work during class time.

Mr. Tevis
Grades 9-12
More than three‑quarters of students from low‑income households

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
2.2KW Water Cooled Spindle Motor ER20 24000rpm 400Hz+2.2KW VFD Inverter Variable Frequency Driver 110V+80mm Clamp+75W Pump+6m Pipe+14pcs Collet CNC Kit for CNC Router Engraving Milling Machine • Amazon Business $395.00 1 $395.00
Genmitsu CNC 3018-PRO Router Kit GRBL Control 3 Axis Plastic Acrylic PCB PVC Wood Carving Milling Engraving Machine, XYZ Working Area 300x180x45mm • Amazon Business $249.99 1 $249.99
Bright Creations MDF Board, 9 x 12 Inches (12 Pack) • Amazon Business $19.99 5 $99.95
End Mill Sets, Tungsten Steel CNC Router Burrs End Milling Engraving Bits Drilling Hole Tool For PCB Circuit Board, Plastic, Fiber, Wood, Copper 0.5~3.175mm Set of 12 • Amazon Business $20.19 1 $20.19
YIYATOO 20pcs 10° 15° 20° 30° 3.175mm Carbide PCB Engraving Bits CNC Router Tool 0.1mm • Amazon Business $15.55 1 $15.55
Lukcase 1/8" Carbide Flat Nose End Mill 2 Flutes 17mm CNC Router Bits Double Flute Spiral Set Tool • Amazon Business $13.99 1 $13.99

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