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Mr. Erbach from Streamwood IL is requesting Instructional Technology through DonorsChoose, the most trusted classroom funding site for teachers.

Looking Inside the Guts: What Goes on Inside a CNC

Help me give my students the ability to see what goes on inside my CNC machines on-screen.

  • $175 goal

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My Students

Computer Integrated Manufacturing is one of many classes at our school covering a myriad of career options in the engineering and design fields. We seek to explore the career pathway of engineering and learn about what it is like to design physical and digital objects for the benefit of humanity.

This class emphasizes the use of project-based learning and the engineering design process to learn about how products are designed and made, and helps students to refine their understanding of engineering and manufacturing professions.

The students in our a school come from a diverse array of ethnic and family backgrounds, and specific to the classroom in question, 30% of students use a language other than English at home. We work to encourage all students to explore career opportunities prior to leaving high school so they can make smart decisions about their post-secondary experiences.

My Project

This equipment will help my students to visualize what goes on inside a CNC machine while it is running. We already have a flat-panel screen mounted to the housing on the CNC machine, this Action camera will be mounted inside the housing to show what is going on in the machine in real time. The students will be able to see what the inner workings of the machine look like as well as how the cutters and various components work to execute student written code and produce a part. This project will help all students to visualize the operations they write out using G and M code language.

Mr. Erbach
Grades 9-12
More than half of students from low‑income households

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At this school, more than 50% of students are Black, Latino, and/or Native American, and more than 50% come from low-income households. Learn how your donation to this school supports a more equitable education.

This project will reach 30 students.

1 donor has given to this project.

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
AKASO EK7000 4K WiFi Sports Action Camera Ultra HD Waterproof DV Camcorder 12MP 170 Degree Wide Angle • Amazon Business $59.99 1 $59.99
SanDisk Ultra 128GB microSDXC UHS-I card with Adapter -  100MB/s U1 A1 - SDSQUAR-128G-GN6MA • Amazon Business $20.99 1 $20.99
UGREEN VGA Splitter 1 in 2 Out Monitor Y Cable One Male to Two Female VGA SVGA Port with 1M Cable Support 1080P 60Hz for Laptop PC to Monitor Projector Two Display Screen - NOT Support Extended Mode • Amazon Business $19.99 1 $19.99
AmazonBasics VGA to VGA Cable - 6 Feet (1.8 Meters) • Amazon Business $7.99 1 $7.99
BlueRigger Mini HDMI to HDMI Cable (10FT) – Support 4K Ultra HD, 1080p, 3D, High Speed and Ethernet (Latest Standard) • Amazon Business $7.69 1 $7.69

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