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Mr. Ewert from Redmond WA is requesting Supplies through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

Let 3D Printer Filament Come to Life for STEM Students

My students need 3D printer filament to print their amazing CAD creations.

  • $435 goal

Hooray! This project is fully funded

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My Students

My middle school STEM classroom is a pocket of student creativity, enthusiasm, frustration, perseverance, failures, successes and controlled chaotic fun. It is the hub for challenges that involve STEM education and the design process.

Our students come from a diverse range of backgrounds with a wide variety of socio-economic classes and ethnicities represented.

We have a strong ELL (English Language Learners) program and a large Special Education Population. Despite the hardships that some of our students face at home; they come to school with a desire to learn. Our school serves 6th-8th graders. The year before I began teaching here, our school lost its shop program leaving a niche vacant for our students to design and build. Our students have an innate desire to design and make things. I feel that it is my responsibility to continue to strive to provide opportunities for them to do so.

My Project

These materials will enable our students to make their CAD projects come to life. Our students go through the design process within the context of their class projects. Our STEM curriculum challenges them to define the problem they are trying to solve, establish the constraints associated with the challenge, create and collaborate on possible solutions and then create prototypes. When viable CAD designs are created, the 3D printer filament being requested transforms into creations that the students can hold in their hands via the use of our classroom 3D printer. It really is magical to see their faces as their creations materialize line by line. Unfortunately, not all of our students can afford fees associated with printing. Keeping up with classroom costs is a reality that all teachers are facing - having extra filament on hand will really help to provide these children with the means to enjoy this fun and important learning!

I am very passionate about implementing a workspace and systems for my students.

Other members in our school community are also working collaboratively with me and starting to get on board with the "Maker" movement as well, including our librarian and art teacher. Funding of this project will help lay the foundation for a culture of problem solving, the design process and the means for student creations to come to life.

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This project will reach 250 students.

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SainSmart 1.75mm imported PLA Filament 1kg/2.2lb Fluorescein Green for 3D Printers Reprap, MakerBot Replicator 2, Afinia, Solidoodle 2, Printrbot LC, MakerGear M2 and UP!(Afinia H-Series) • Amazon $29.99 1 $29.99
Hatchbox 1.75mm Black PLA 3D Printer Filament - 1kg Spool (2.2 lbs) - Dimensional Accuracy +/- 0.05mm • Amazon $29.98 1 $29.98
HATCHBOX 1.75mm Blue PLA 3D Printer Filament - 1kg Spool (2.2 lbs) - Dimensional Accuracy +/- 0.05mm • Amazon $29.98 1 $29.98
HATCHBOX 1.75mm Silver PLA 3D Printer Filament - 1kg Spool (2.2 lbs) - Dimensional Accuracy +/- 0.05mm • Amazon $29.98 1 $29.98
HATCHBOX 1.75mm Pink PLA 3D Printer Filament - 1kg Spool (2.2 lbs) - Dimensional Accuracy +/- 0.05mm • Amazon $29.98 1 $29.98
HATCHBOX 1.75mm Green PLA 3D Printer Filament - 1kg Spool (2.2 lbs) - Dimensional Accuracy +/- 0.05mm • Amazon $29.98 1 $29.98
HATCHBOX 1.75mm White PLA 3D Printer Filament - 1kg Spool (2.2 lbs) - Dimensional Accuracy +/- 0.05mm • Amazon $29.96 1 $29.96
justpla - Chroma-Line - High Quality Translucent Blue 1.75mm PLA Filament for 3D Printers • Amazon $26.99 1 $26.99
Gizmo Dorks 1.75mm PLA Filament 1kg / 2.2lb for 3D Printers, Purple • Amazon $26.95 1 $26.95
Filament Outlet Brown PLA 1.75mm 3D Printer Filament 1kg (2.2lbs) spool USA • Amazon $22.50 1 $22.50
Filament Outlet Natural PLA 1.75mm 3D Printer Filament 1kg (2.2lbs) spool USA • Amazon $21.50 1 $21.50

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