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Mrs. Morrow from Oklahoma City OK is requesting Instructional Technology through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

Leveling the Playing Field for Disadvantaged Students

My students need a Makerbot 3D printer, filament, filament rack and a couple of books on the subject because I am trying to prepare them for the future.

  • $2,124 goal

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My Students

Our school community is in a high poverty area and is comprised of 714 middle school students that come from many different backgrounds. Our students speak and or read in many languages. Some have survived horrific political unrest or family tragedies.

They are resilient and hopeful as only young people can be and I believe in their future.

They have little or no opportunities of being exposed to emerging technology equipment.

I want to level the playing field for them by giving these students opportunities to be exposed to emerging technologies.

The world is changing and their future skills are dependent on their knowledge and experience with technology.

I want them to be prepared for the future job market.

My Project

I plan to have students, teachers, and parents create 3D printer projects. A local community college prototyping professor said he would assist with the Makerbot Replicator Mini 3D printer giving the project real world applications.

I want these students and their parents to have the opportunity to be exposed to emerging technology because I believe in their future.

A couple of teachers from various subject areas have described to me some 3D printer projects that would be relevant to the subject they teach. We plan to use the Makerbot Replicator Mini 3D printer with the Mathematics teachers to design and create geometrical structures. We will also use the 3D printer with the Choir teacher to show the internal structure of the vocal chords.

The books on 3D printer will be used to give students background knowledge and ideas for design products. The HATCHBOX 1 Spool 3D Printer Filament Tabletop Wall Mount Rack will be used to store the extra filaments.

The Makerbot Replicator Mini 3D printer will be located in the library and maintained by the library staff so that all of the students in the building can benefit from it. This printer will be accessible to all students, teachers and parents.

The library is the location for the Parent Teacher Student Association (PTSA) monthly meetings and the librarian (me) is an active member. I plan to promote and make the printer accessible to the parents and give them an opportunity to design a product.

We also plan to have a school challenge for a design project on something that will improve the world. I want the students to think beyond the structures that can be formed by the 3D printer and imagine what practical and creative ideas can be designed.

Mrs. Morrow
Grades 6-8
Nearly all students from low‑income households

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
MakerBot Replicator Mini+ • Amazon Business $1,299.00 1 $1,299.00
Makerbot 1.75mm PLA Filament (Small Spool, 10-pack) • Amazon Business $219.99 1 $219.99
3D Printer Projects for Makerspaces • Amazon Business $20.40 1 $20.40
3D Printing For Dummies (For Dummies (Computer/Tech)) • Amazon Business $18.81 1 $18.81
3D Printers: A Beginner's Guide (Fox Chapel Publishing) Learn the Basics of 3D Printing Construction, Tips & Tricks for Data, Software, CAD, Error Checking, and Slicing, with More Than 100 Photos • Amazon Business $16.97 1 $16.97
Design for 3D Printing: Scanning, Creating, Editing, Remixing, and Making in Three Dimensions • Amazon Business $14.28 1 $14.28
3D Printing Projects • Amazon Business $10.37 1 $10.37
HATCHBOX 1 Spool 3D Printer Filament Tabletop Wall Mount Rack • Amazon Business $9.99 1 $9.99
Make: 3D Printing: The Essential Guide to 3D Printers • Amazon Business $8.92 1 $8.92

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