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Mrs. Goode from Richmond VA is requesting Instructional Technology through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

The Power of Pens! Bridge Designing with 3D Pens

My students need 3D Printing Pens for our lesson on designing bridges for our civil engineering unit. The pens (and other supplies) will help my students learn the new technologies used in the design and construction process of bridges.

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My Students

My students are the nicest, warmest, kindest, most intelligent children I have ever met. They have a strong desire to learn. They are incredibly ambitious, and they never give up, no matter how difficult the material we cover may be. As a STEM focused gifted and talented teacher, I can attest that we cover extremely difficult content. Nevertheless, my students always rise to the occasion to overcome any obstacle they face. They work together well and enjoy each other’s company. They are always encouraging each other to meet the learning objectives, to apply themselves, and to do the best they can even when they struggle with the material. This is why I love them.

What makes my students special is their perseverance.

Most of my students live in low-income neighborhoods. Despite this, my students come to class eager to learn. When they enter our classroom, they are all smiles and questions. ‘Mrs. Goode’, they say, ‘what are we learning today?’ ‘Mrs. Goode, can we please go over Newton’s Law again. It was fascinating.!’ ‘Mrs. Goode, please can we build more bottle rockets.' 'Can we build more circuits please!!’ They cannot get enough of our units.

My Project

My students have taken a keen interest in the way technology aids the work of engineers. In our engineering unit, we have discussed the engineering design process used in both the design phase and construction phase of a build (E.g. bridges, buildings, equipment, etc.). My students noticed that most projects conducted by engineers involve technology. Whether for a crane, a computer, design software, or even a simple screwdriver, engineers use technology to aid in their work. Although our engineering unit involves class projects that replicate the types of constructions engineers are responsible for, ever observant, my students couldn’t help but notice that our projects do not involve the use of technology. For this unit, my students wondered if it was possible to incorporate a real technology in our project.

To give my students a more realistic introduction to the field of civil engineering, it is paramount that I use similar technology that professional civil engineers use in their design process and builds.

If I want my students to continue to not only succeed in our curriculum, but to pursue a career in STEM, it is best that I socialize them in the tools, practices, and processes of real engineers. The products I chose will help me to achieve this goal. The 3D Pens I am requesting are a more hands-on alternative to 3D Printers. In a whole class workshop, students will take turns using the pens to construct their own models of bridges. They'll need wax paper and filament to make this happen. This will provide them with experience using a technological tool in their work whilst having fun while doing so. Students will also learn how technology influences the engineering design process, how technology is used for trouble-shooting problems in the build, as well as how the technology is used to solve real world problems.

Mrs. Goode
Grades 3-5
Nearly all students from low‑income households

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
Wsiiroon 3D Printing Pen, 3D Doodler Pen with 1.75mm PLA Filament Pack of 5 Different Colors, Safe Doodler Model Making and Art Crafts Tool with LED Display Perfect Gift for Kids Adults • Amazon Business $25.49 5 $127.45
3D Pen/3D Printer Filament,1.75mm PLA Filament Pack of 24 Different Colors,High-Precision Diameter Filament, Each Color 10 Feet, Total 240 Feet Lengths by Mika3d • Amazon Business $10.99 2 $21.98
100 Sheets Pack Vellum Paper Value Pack - White Translucent Sketching and Tracing Paper - 8.5 x 11 Inches - Traditional Comic Drawing Animation Paper - 100 Pieces • Amazon Business $12.99 1 $12.99
Reynolds Wrap Cut-Rite Wax Paper - 75 sq ft - 2 pk • Amazon Business $9.99 1 $9.99
HUELE 100PCS Mini Plastic Children Kids Easy Grip Jumbo Tweezers Educational Toy Experiments Tools • Amazon Business $9.99 1 $9.99

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