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Mr. Smith
Grades 6-8
More than a third of students from low‑income households
  • 2 donors
  • $0 still needed

STEAM City Challenge

My students need a small CNC router, a laser engraver, two programmable robots (MiPs), and the materials to build a "STEAM City."

My Students

Did you know that Nobel Laureates are 3 times more likely to have an arts avocation than the general public? That's because the ability to think creatively allows people to make connections and see beyond boundaries.

My students are diverse, talented, and ambitious, and they love developing their creativity by incorporating the arts into STEM!

So far this year they have designed 3D printed obstacles for a robotics obstacle course, built bridges that held the weight of their teacher (and I'm not that light), and put together incredible inventions with very limited resources.

My Project

During phase I students will use the modeling clay to practice sculpting models of natural features that might be included in the city's landscape. In this phase the scale of their projects will not be as important as their proportions. During phase II students will use the XYZ 3D scanner to convert their physical sculptures into digital images that can be touched up and scaled before being printed on our 3D printer. The 3D printer is classified as additive manufacturing, but we would also like to introduce them to subtractive manufacturing using the CNC. They will use the CNC by designing structures on the computer that the CNC will cut out of the birch wood. They will evaluate the benefits and constraints of each design tool. During phase III the students will use the birch wood to create structures they have designed and the laser engraver and rotary tool will be used to decorate and modify their buildings. They will use a combination of clay and 3D prints to complete the city. Once the city is printed and sculpted, they will decorate it and add LED lights, and switches. The PCB boards and bits will be used to create circuits that will be placed in the city. Phase IV of the project will be to program the Mip Coder robots to patrol the city and perform various tasks.

We are constantly having discussions in our STEM class about the connections between each of the subjects they are learning about in school.

A project of this magnitude will allow students to utilize the information that they are learning in multiple disciplines to solve complex, ill-structured problems that do not have a single right or wrong answer.

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
DIY CNC 3 Axis Engraver Machine PCB Milling Wood Carving Router Kit Arduino Grbl • Amazon Business $228.33 1 $228.33
XYZprinting Handheld 3D Scanner • Amazon Business $127.62 1 $127.62
USB Engraver Printer , COLEMETER 1000mW DIY Engraver Box Mini Art Craft Science Industry Engraving Cutting Machine • Amazon Business $122.99 1 $122.99
WowWee Coder MiP Robot Toy • Amazon Business $49.99 2 $99.98
1/8" X 12" X 12" Baltic Birch Plywood Great for Laser, Cnc, and Scroll Saw. 45pc Woodpeckers • Amazon Business $59.99 1 $59.99
ZJchao 20 Pieces 1/8' Tungsten Carbide Rotary File Bit for Wood Carving, Drilling and Cnc Router Engraving • Amazon Business $25.88 1 $25.88
WEN 2305 Rotary Tool Kit with Flex Shaft • Amazon Business $20.53 1 $20.53
BCP Single-sided Conductive EMI Shielding Copper Foil Tape- 1/4 Inch X 55 Yds • Amazon Business $8.34 2 $16.68
Autek 10x Titanium Coated Carbide PCB Engraving CNC Bit Router Tool 30 Degree 0.1mm Tip(J3.3001Tix10) • Amazon Business $16.00 1 $16.00
Sargent Art Plastilina Modeling Clay, 5-Pound, Cream • Amazon Business $13.91 1 $13.91
Uxcell a15080500ux0224 20 Piece 100x70x1.5 mm Single Sided Copper Clad Laminate Universal PCB Circuit Board • Amazon Business $12.96 1 $12.96
3mm and 5mm Assorted Clear LED Light Emitting Diodes 5 Colors Pack of 300 • Amazon Business $12.57 1 $12.57
100 Pack LOOPACELL LR44 AG13 357 Button-Cell Batteries • Amazon Business $10.26 1 $10.26
SE 82331TF 30-Piece Set of Titanium-Coated Diamond Burrs, Grits 120-150 • Amazon Business $5.65 1 $5.65

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