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Mr. Baters from Menifee CA is requesting Instructional Technology through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

Tech Design for Future Engineers

Help me give my students a working 3D printer and all the supplies they will need!

  • $581 goal

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My Students

My students are a vibrant and inquisitive bunch that demonstrates an overwhelming desire to explore 3D design and printing techniques. Many of my students are of a lower socio-economic status and are in search of a way to have the opportunity to learn about this type and other types of technology. We have a wide variety of families, of which a number of them are underprivileged and depending on the public education system to supply them with an educational environment that supports and nurtures their creativity. Our school is nestled in the heart of an up and coming town in Southern California. With the recent influx of residents and constant construction of new schools, money is tight for items like 3D printers.

I currently use the free online program TinkerCAD.

This program is useful for maintaining student engagement, but the one 3D printer that was donated to our school 3 years ago has become unserviceable. Since the company is now bankrupt, we are unable to replace the broken parts. We cannot even source them off the internet. My students are disappointed that they will not be able to see their creations come alive. With your help, they still can!

My Project

As the only tech teacher at the school site, I plan on using this 3D printer to accentuate the excitement that my students show every time they enter my class. This printer will provide me with a way to help bring my student's creations to life by using a combination of engineering methodology and pedagogy. The ability to test out original creations on real-life problems while using the design process is something that can help motivate a student to become interested in technology as a career. 3D design and manufacturing combine many of the core subjects (if not all) that we teach in school. Giving the students the chance to experience what it feels like to create something from nothing is an experience that can shape the rest of their lives.

Mr. Baters
Grades 6-8
Half of students from low‑income households

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GEEETECH A20M 3D Printer with Mix-Color Printing, Integrated Building Base & Dual extruder Design, Filament Detector and Break-resuming Function, 255×255×255mm³, Prusa I3 Quick Assembly DIY kit. • Amazon Business $399.00 1 $399.00
HATCHBOX PLA 3D Printer Filament, Dimensional Accuracy +/- 0.03 mm, 1 kg Spool, 1.75 mm, Black • Amazon Business $19.99 1 $19.99

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