My students need opportunities to be exceptional. This 3D printer would provide them with a way to extend their learning on their own initiative.
This year I would like to equip our school with the latest in Star Trek technology. Unfortunately transporters and warp drive are just out of our budget at the moment but we can take a step towards the twenty third century with a Makerbot Replicator 2.
Roosevelt is a school that struggles with poverty and all the problems that come with it.
The bulk of our resources go to the critical core of reading and math where our students need the most help. Unfortunately this narrow focus taxes other programs such as our FIRST robotics team. Because of programs like No Child Left Behind programs that allow students to push the boundaries of their abilities in new and interesting directions are few and far between. If we are to improve graduation rate we need to give reasons for students to keep coming to school. We need to give them new and interesting opportunities to learn. A 3D printer would help provide those opportunities.
This 3D printer would expand the capabilities in the classroom for our teachers and the learning opportunities for our students. In science class we would be able to print out physical examples of abstract topics such as hybridized orbital structures and proteins. The FIRST robotics team would be able to design and print custom parts for their robot. The students in our CAD class would be able to get hands on with their projects by printing out the models that they are working on. The 3d printer would give our art department a new and unique tool to allow students to express themselves in amazing ways. Even our language arts department would be able to print historical objects such as Lincoln's death mask from a new database of 3D scans made by the Smithsonian institution. This printer would enrich learning in so many disciplines and in so many ways. The possibilities are endless.
Having a 3D printer will enrich learning in a variety of classes.
This printer will give us an interesting and creative way to engage and challenge our students. Opportunities like this will give our students a personal reason to come to school and take charge of their own learning.
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