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Ms. Vache from Dorchester MA is requesting Computers & Tablets through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

School-Wide Innovation Lab

Help me give my students a full experience with essential technologies through 3D printing and scanning, AR/VR, drones, and wearable electronics connected to the Internet of Things!

  • $8,992 goal

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My Students

My 9th-12th grade students come from all backgrounds and many different countries to converge in my STEAM classroom. The entire student body of our school is made up of students who have recently immigrated to the US and are learning English. Our school is rich in diversity and young talent.

My students are deep thinkers and incredibly driven to deconstruct the intersection of social justice, the arts, computer science, philosophy, industry, and the environment.

The school's philosophy is rooted in Project Based Learning, which fosters engaging and equitable learning experiences. My students follow their passion and collaborate to connect their classes to real-world experiences.

My Project

My school values technology: tech department, aspiring computer science majors, and community partnerships. We want to level-up and give students in-house exposure to industry-standard equipment and innovation experiences. With this Innovation Lab students throughout our school -- in content classes, afterschool clubs, and community projects -- will access these tools.

Our students will graduate with experience using drones, visiting AR/VR environments, prototyping and 3D printing, recycling/reusing biodegradable plastics; and transforming textiles into unique wearable electronics integrated with soft circuits connected to the Internet-of-Things.

Advanced students will use metal shelving parts and filament extruder components to build a machine to recycle the school’s waste plastic into spools of filament for 3D printing. Other equipment will empower students to create professional-looking projects. Rather than simple shapes of fabric/plastic/cardboard, students will use computer-assisted-design (CAD) and export their files of intricate shapes to be cut on the Cameo -- and to design and build headsets for their VR mini-goggles. With the printer and heatpress, they will transfer their digitally-designed images to fabric, and embed sensors, LEDs, and microcontrollers with conductive thread making soft circuits activated by touch pads, sound, light, or movement. They could create a wireless video game controller or a shirt that reacts to its environment.

Some students are remote, others in-person, but all will benefit from the lab. They may create holograms, custom design/print 3D pieces for robotics, pilot drones to film school events, learn about AI and blockchain, visit each other’s native country or create and visit new worlds through AR/VR, or deepen their content understanding through simulations. If remote, teachers will print their 2D and 3D images at school for them. The secure rolling carts and locks create mobile stations to share throughout all classrooms. Once 100% back in the school building, the possibilities are endless.

Ms. Vache
Grades 9-12
Nearly all students from low‑income households

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
Classroom Pack -- one year subscription -- access to all Merge EDU Platform components of 30 simultaneous users • Merge $995.00 1 $995.00
Matter & Form Mfs1V2 3D Scanner V2 +Quickscan, 65 Second Scans, Black • Amazon Business $743.34 1 $743.34
Official Creality Ender 5 Plus 3D Printer with BL Touch, Tempered Glass Plate and Touch Color Screen, Large Build Volume 350X350X400mm • Amazon Business $599.00 1 $599.00
TANKSTORM Tool Chest Heavy Duty Cart Steel Rolling Tool Box with Lockable Doors (TZ12 Blue) • Amazon Business $195.69 3 $587.07
Silhouette Cameo 4 Plus 15 Inch Version - 15" Cutting Mat, Power cords, Built in Roll Feeder, Silhouette Studio Software • Amazon Business $399.99 1 $399.99
TANKSTORM Tool Chest Heavy Duty Cart Steel Rolling Tool Box with Lockable Doors (TZ12 Black) • Amazon Business $199.68 2 $399.36
MERGE Cube - Hold Virtual 3D Objects Using Augmented Reality, STEM Tool for Learning Science at Home or in The Classroom (1 Pack) • Amazon Business $18.99 20 $379.80
VIVOHOME Upgraded 5 in 1 Combo Multifunctional Swing Away Clamshell Printing Sublimation Heat Press Transfer Machine for T-Shirt Hat Cap Mug Plate 15 x 12 Inch • Amazon Business $339.99 1 $339.99
Filastruder Kit - 1.75mm Nozzle / With Printed Hopper • Filastruder $309.99 1 $309.99
Epson EcoTank ET-2760 Wireless Color All-in-One Cartridge-Free Supertank Printer with Scanner and Copier • Amazon Business $299.99 1 $299.99
Holy Stone 2K GPS FPV RC Drone HS100 with HD Camera Live Video and GPS Return Home, Large Quadcopter with Adjustable Wide-Angle Camera, Follow Me, Altitude Hold, 18 Minutes Flight, Long Control Range • Amazon Business $149.99 2 $299.98
VeeR VR Mini Goggles 10 Packs, Plastic Foldable 3D VR Glasses with HD VR Lens, Virtual Reality Headset, Black • Amazon Business $59.99 5 $299.95
Official Creality LD-002R UV Photocuring LCD 3D Printer with 3.5'' Smart Touch Color Screen, Air Filtering System 4.69"(L) x 2.56"(W) x 6.29"(H) Printing Size, Off-line Print • Amazon Business $199.00 1 $199.00
Filawinder, Full Kit with printed parts • Filastruder $194.99 1 $194.99
LONOVE Soldering Iron Station Kit – 60W Solder Station 194℉-896℉ Adjustable Temperature, LED Display, Sleep Function, C/F Switch, 2 Helping Hands, 5 Extra Solder Tips & 1 Solder Wire • Amazon Business $49.99 3 $149.97
KOOKYE Conductive Thread 2 Bobbins 65ft/20m 45 Ω/m Smooth Sewable for Arduino Lilypad with Needle Threader • Amazon Business $12.97 8 $103.76
Creality Large 3D Printer Enclosure Fireproof and Dustproof Tent for Ender5/5 pro/5 Plus,CR-10/10S/10S PRO/10MINI,CR-X/CR-20/20PRO, Constant Temperature Protective Cover Room Storage 750X700x900mm • Amazon Business $101.00 1 $101.00
Modular 3500mAh Li-po Battery Work for Holy Stone RC Quadcopter Drone HS100 2K • Amazon Business $45.99 2 $91.98
Hermitshell Hard Travel Case for Holy Stone GPS FPV RC Drone HS100 / HS100G • Amazon Business $42.99 2 $85.98
Terra Hiker Bike Chain Lock, Coiling 5-Digit Combination Lock for Bicycles, Keyless • Amazon Business $16.90 5 $84.50
MakerFocus 4pcs ESP8266 ESP-01 Serial Wireless WiFi Transceiver Receiver Module 1MB SPI Flash DC3.0-3.6V Internet of Things WiFi Module Board Compatible with Arduino • Amazon Business $12.98 6 $77.88
Gildan Men's Crew T-Shirt Multipack, White (6 Pack), XX-Large • Amazon Business $15.50 4 $62.00
AmazonBasics 4-Shelf Shelving Storage Unit on 3'' Wheel Casters, Metal Organizer Wire Rack, Black (36L x 14W x 57.75H) • Amazon Business $54.99 1 $54.99
Firefly Craft HTV Heat Transfer Vinyl Bundle | Made for Silhouette or Cricut Iron On Vinyl | 15 Best Selling Colors Including White HTV and Black HTV - 12" x 20" Each • Amazon Business $44.40 1 $44.40
A3 Light Box Light Pad Aluminium Frame Touch Dimmer 11W Super Bright Max 4500 Lux with Carry/Storage Bag (A3 Light pad) • Amazon Business $42.99 1 $42.99
Silhouette America KIT Silhouette Tool, White • Amazon Business $20.99 2 $41.98
NuFun Activities Inkjet Printable Iron-On Heat Transfer Paper, Light Fabrics, (100 Sheets) • Amazon Business $41.00 1 $41.00
MIKA3D 1.75mm 3 in 1 Metallic Shiny Silk Bronze Gun Silver Grey White PLA 3D Printer Filament Bundle, 0.5kg 1.1lbs/Spool Total 1.5kgs 3D Printing Material Widely Compatible • Amazon Business $40.99 1 $40.99
Flash Drive 10X16GB USB 3.0 USB Flash Drive with LED Indicator Keychain Hole (Black 10-Pack) • Amazon Business $36.69 1 $36.69
AMOLEN PLA 3D Printer Filament, 1.75mm, Shiny Glow in The Dark Green 1 kg Spool • Amazon Business $30.99 1 $30.99
TensorFlow For Dummies • Amazon Business $29.99 1 $29.99
ELEGOO 3D Rapid Resin LCD UV-Curing Resin 405nm Standard Photopolymer Resin for LCD 3D Printing Grey 1000g • Amazon Business $29.99 1 $29.99
3D Printer Silk Rainbow Multicolor PLA Filamentt 1.75mm 1KG Multi Color Printing Materials Gradually Changing Color PLA Rainbow Mulitcolor Multicolored Metallic Color Gradient Filament CC3D • Amazon Business $25.99 1 $25.99
Blockchain Basics: A Non-Technical Introduction in 25 Steps • Amazon Business $21.99 1 $21.99
Blockchain For Dummies (For Dummies (Computer/Tech)) • Amazon Business $21.86 1 $21.86
Printworks White Cardstock, 67 lb, 92 Bright, FSC Certified, Perfect for School and Craft Projects, 8.5 x 11 Inch, 100 Sheets (00540) • Amazon Business $9.99 2 $19.98
20mm x 20M 65ft Conductive Cloth Fabric Adhesive Tape LCD Laptop EMI Shielding • Amazon Business $19.98 1 $19.98
KODAK ABS Filament 1.75mm for 3D Printer, Black, Dimensional Accuracy +/- 0.03mm, 750g Spool (1.7lbs), ABS Filament 1.75 Used as 3D Printer Filament to Refill Most FDM Printers • Amazon Business $19.95 1 $19.95
KODAK ABS Filament 1.75mm for 3D Printer, Gray, Dimensional Accuracy +/- 0.03mm, 750g Spool (1.7lbs), ABS Filament 1.75 Used as 3D Printer Filament to Refill Most FDM Printers • Amazon Business $19.95 1 $19.95
Creality 6pcs UV FEP Film Release Films for LD002R LCD SLA DLP Resin 3D Printer 200 x 140 x 0.15mm • Amazon Business $18.99 1 $18.99
ANYCUBIC 3D Printer Resin, 405nm SLA UV-Curing Resin with High Precision and Quick Curing & Excellent Fluidity for LCD 3D Printing - 500ML/Grey • Amazon Business $18.99 1 $18.99
Colonial Needle Sharps Hand Needles-Size 5/10 20/Pkg • Amazon Business $8.96 2 $17.92
YRYM HT Clear Vinyl Transfer Paper Tape Roll-12 x 50 FT w/Alignment Grid Application Tape for Cricut & Silhouette Cameo, Adhesive Vinyl for Decals,Signs, Windows, Stickers • Amazon Business $16.99 1 $16.99
Selizo 10 Pack PTFE Teflon Sheet for Heat Press 16" x 24" Non Stick Heat Resistant Craft Mat • Amazon Business $15.99 1 $15.99
Machine Learning For Absolute Beginners: A Plain English Introduction (Machine Learning From Scratch) • Amazon Business $14.01 1 $14.01
Machine Learning For Dummies • Amazon Business $13.99 1 $13.99
Ultra-Thin Solder Wire 0.01in (0.3mm) Rosin Core Flux 2.5%, Lead Free Solder Wire Sn99 Ag0.3 Cu0.7 Flow 0.11lb. for High Precision Electronics Soldering • Amazon Business $9.79 1 $9.79
Neenah Paper Astrobrights Colored Cardstock, 8.5” x 11”, 65 lb/176 gsm, Eclipse Black, 100 Sheets (22024-01) • Amazon Business $8.99 1 $8.99
Electop 2 Pack USB 2.0 A Female to USB B Print Male Adapter Converter • Amazon Business $8.69 1 $8.69
Seadream 2Pack USB 3.0 Type-A Female to B Male Extender Connection Adapter (2Pack usb 3.0 A/F to B/M) • Amazon Business $7.49 1 $7.49

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