My students need a MakerBot so that they can be exposed to and enthused by some of the coolest technology we've ever seen!
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Three dimensional printing is quite simply, amazing! I can't think of a single student in my room that won't be immediately engaged trying to come up with what we can do with this magical device. For my students who struggle to see themselves in a STEM field, this device can be a great hook.
I teach at a very small public charter high school.
Most of our students qualify for free or reduced lunch and nearly all students will be first generation college students. My students are incredibly curious about the world around them, and if given the chance, most would dive in deep to explore a topic of their choice. The problem is, for most students at our school, their cell phone serves as their only technology. They do not have computers or Internet access at home. Our school has a very limited technology budget and right now we have only 50 computers for 225 students.
The opportunity to use a MakerBot will be transformational for my students. My senior students who are teaching assistants will be able to explore and design their own math manipulative to use during tutoring sessions with freshmen. The freshmen will be instantly engaged knowing that these tools were made specifically with them in mind.
My juniors and seniors who are studying statistics, will be able to make weighted dice to their own specifications and test the theories they are learning about in class. I can imagine students taking this project really far because their engagement will be peaked by the design aspect and the ability to actually make and test their ideas.
I can't tell you how excited I am at the possibility of bringing this project to the students I work with.
My students would never have access to this technology without the help of MakerBot and DonorsChoose. I know that this has the potential to hook students on engineering, design, and mathematics.
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