My students need a Makerbot Academy bundle, which includes a 3D printer, three spools of filament and a year of technical support.
Help our Scholars graduate on time! This year is the last opportunity for students to take the New York State Integrated Algebra exam, which is required for graduation, before the switch to the new common core assessments take place.
Our school is part of a network of public schools that specializes in developing a model that provides academic and social support for at-risk urban young men.
My Scholars are Algebra I repeaters; some have repeated this course more than once. There is a mix of those who have learning disabilities for relating to and retaining concepts, while others have a sense of frustration with math that prevents them from making the necessary connections with it.
Traditional approaches of putting pencil to paper and repeating math drills have not provided much success for my Scholars. Scholars are the most engaged when they can interact kinesthetically with the concepts and are able to relate to them through real world contexts. With the 3D printer, I would be able to create models and manipulatives that they can use as part of their daily practice. Scholars would more readily retain information because they can better visualize the concepts and have a more meaningful experience to reference to. In addition, Scholars will improve on word problems by practicing making connections between a given situation or model and the math behind it.
Ultimately, I would like for my students to gain a sense of success with mathematics.
Providing them with a way in which they can access math will allow them to change their views of themselves and open them to a much wider range opportunities.
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