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Mrs. Spradlin from Blacksburg VA is requesting Art Supplies through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

Prototyping a Safer Outdoor Classroom

Help me give my students the opportunity to see their designs come to life with the Silhouette Cameo 3 cutting machine!

  • $582 goal

Hooray! This project is fully funded

Hooray! This project is fully funded

My Students

The students who will be a part of this project are 10th-12th graders who have a passion for engineering and design! They have already completed the fundamental course and have decided that this elective course is aligned with their post-graduate goals in education and a career.

The only thing that my students love more than creating a successful engineering design is to see their design brought to life!

My students all display an eagerness to learn and they approach challenges with optimism. This project will allow students to develop a solution to a very critical real-world challenge! When complete, they will see their design implemented at a local elementary school.

My Project

A difficult challenge our school community faces is the loss of our sense of safety and security. The 2007 Virginia Tech tragedy happened just a few miles away, and many of our faculty members relive those emotions with every new school shooting. Our school is fortunate to work closely with local law enforcement to keep our students as safe as possible. Sadly, the extensive safety measures are beginning to negatively impact our learning environment. KES will have to discontinue using our outdoor classroom due to safety concerns, because it’s in an area overgrown with bushes and trees, making it possible for someone to hide and potentially do something unthinkable. This project will allow us to engineer a better outdoor classroom and solve the problem of providing an engaging alternative learning environment that doesn’t compromise safety.

Having the Silhouette Cameo 3 cutter to integrate with the Fab@School Maker Studio would allow the students to see their design as a real 3D prototype.

Pre-engineering students from Blacksburg High will help students from Kipps Elementary design a safer outdoor classroom. Using Fab@SchoolMakerStudio software and a craft printer, students will design, print, and test foldable 3D paper models as part of an authentic, iterative design process. The software is very kid-friendly, and printing foldable paper is less expensive and more environmentally friendly than 3D printing with plastic. Our school resource officers will evaluate the security of our design, and our Facilities Department will ensure that it meets fire code and ADA requirements.

This project will serve as a model for future STEM collaborations between our schools and could end up serving hundreds of students in the future.

Mrs. Spradlin
Grades 9-12
More than a third of students from low‑income households

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Where Your Donation Goes

Materials Cost Quantity Total
Silhouette SILHOUETTE-CAMEO-3-4T Cameo 3 Wireless Cutting Machine-AutoBlade-Dual Carriage-Studio Software, White • Amazon Business $195.99 2 $391.98
Hammermill Copier Digital Cover Stock, 100 Lbs., 8-1/2" x 11", Photo White, 250/Pack • Staples Advantage $21.04 2 $42.08
Silhouette America Three Pack Auto Blade Silhouette Cameo 3, Piece • Amazon Business $22.95 1 $22.95

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