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Mrs. Marquess from Downey CA is requesting Instructional Technology through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

Wind Farm Challenge With 3D Printing

Help me give my students the Robo R2 3D printer in order to combine design thinking with project-based learning in order to ignite students' imaginations and problem-solving abilities across all subject areas.

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My Students

Every 5th grade student in my classroom has a unique strength that has grown from their ability to constantly show a growth mindset. These students strive to be at their best every day, to show good character, and to show improvement throughout all academic areas.

My students are constantly working hard on becoming lifelong learners and students of the 21st century who are college and career ready.

I am honored to be their teacher and help nurture them to be successful students.

My Project

The Robo R2 3D printer will be used to combine design thinking with project-based learning in order to ignite students' imaginations and problem-solving abilities across all subject areas. A specific project that students will use the Robo R2 3D printer for is a Wind Farm design challenge. During this challenge, students will investigate the economics of wind farms, their environmental impacts, and wind turbine blade design. Students consider the advantages and disadvantages of using wind energy and then use the Engineering Design Process and the scientific method to create and test models of various blade designs using the 3D printer. During this design challenge, students will work in collaborative teams to problem solve how they can design an efficient wind turbine in order to harness the wind's energy.

A 3D printer enhances the standard curriculum because it is aligned with the real-world application of the skills they are learning in class.

Next Generation Science Standards include engineering and design principles that students are being exposed to. Currently, students are engineering and designing things out of ordinary classroom materials such as paper clips, construction paper, and tape. These materials lack real-world relevance. With the integration of a 3D printer, the engineer and design principles being taught through the Next Generation Science Standards become enhanced with the ability to design and print realia and apply that knowledge to real-world problems.

Incorporating a 3D printer into instruction creates opportunities for students to practice real-world skills that they will need once they are finished with school. Designing through 3D printing ignites students' innovative abilities, promotes a growth mindset, engages students in collaborative teams, and challenges students to think critically, problem-solve, take risks, and continue to iterate their ideas.

Mrs. Marquess
Grades 3-5
More than half of students from low‑income households

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
Robo R2 Smart Assembled 3D Printer with WiFi, 8”x8”x10” (197x197x254 mm) Build Volume for Educators and Innovators • Amazon Business $1,413.89 1 $1,413.89
HATCHBOX PLA 3D Printer Filament, Dimensional Accuracy +/- 0.03 mm, 1 kg Spool, 1.75 mm, Blue • Amazon Business $19.99 2 $39.98
HATCHBOX PLA 3D Printer Filament, Dimensional Accuracy +/- 0.03 mm, 1 kg Spool, 1.75 mm, Gray • Amazon Business $19.99 2 $39.98

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