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Mrs. Emerling from North Augusta SC is requesting Instructional Technology through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

Make 3D Printing a Reality for Every Student

My students need an DaVinci Jr. 3D printer and filament to begin turning imagination into reality.

  • $392 goal

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My Students

I'm a lucky teacher that has a chance to teach in a variety of settings, but I spend most of my day co-teaching third, fourth, and fifth grade. Our classes include general education, special education, and gifted and talented students. My colleagues and I strive to reach our students in innovative and engaging ways. We rarely use textbooks or commercial products, instead relying on creation-based and inquiry-based learning lessons. We find a great deal of our instruction relies on our students connecting with their inner talents to create innovative representations of what we're learning. We've found that our students are learning so much more through this style of teaching and we are eager to incorporate more lessons that involve art, technology, STEM and STEAM concepts, collaboration, higher order thinking skills, and allowing students to stretch their learning through differentiated activities.

My Project

Technology is revolutionizing how students learn. My students gain valuable knowledge and experiences through technology-rich lessons that incorporate computer coding, one-to-one computing, and most recently 3D printing. While it is easy to incorporate STEM principles into math and science lessons, we also integrate technology regularly into our reading and social studies curriculum. Social studies, especially, comes alive with some of the technologies available today. However, 3D printing can be a slow process; the time it takes students to print projects makes it a challenge to allow them each an opportunity to design and print their own designs. I’d like to expand our 3D printing capacity to allow for multiple students to print at the same time.

Our students are eager to design, model, and print their own 3D creations.

We are learning to not only design objects in software like 3D Builder, but also to draw, covert, and print our own illustrations. We’ve done some unique STEM lessons this year. In fifth grade, students designed new technologies to aid pioneers during westward expansion, and printed their sod-busting tools. We also created and printed models of oceanic landforms. Soon, students will get an opportunity to recreate webbed messages from Charlotte as we read Charlotte’s Web. The students will draw, convert, and print a one-word message in a spider web that describes the theme of the novel.

3D printers are actually fairly mobile, so moving it from classroom to classroom will allow us to double our printing capacity and allow more students the opportunity to design and print 3D objects. While asking for a second 3D printer may seem frivolous, watching the students' faces light up as things they created become a reality is truly a gift. Thank you for your support!

Mrs. Emerling
Grades 3-5
Half of students from low‑income households

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XYZprinting da Vinci Jr. 1.0 3D Printer - 5.9'' x 5.9'' x 5.9'' Built Volume (Includes: $14 300g PLA Filament , $49 STEAM 3D Design Tutorial eGift Card – Must Register Product, $10 Maintenance Tools, XYZmaker 3D Design CAD Software) • Amazon Business $249.95 1 $249.95
XYZprinting RFPLCXUS0AB da Vinci Jr. & mini Series Filament, PLA, 600 g, Neon Green • Amazon Business $28.72 1 $28.72

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