Mobile Makerspace 3D Printer

BY Carly Smith

Oak Ridge School (Sandwich) 

Project Description

We would like to request a grant for a 3D printer and filament to support our innovative and creative Makerspace Center Mobile Cart for students in Grades 3-6. The goals of a 3D printer would be to provide opportunities for all our students to learn 3D modeling software and printing of prototypes/models. It would encourage designing, creating and expression of learning/understanding. As a Mobile Makerspace Cart resource, it would provide equal access for all students to a 3D printer and design software. It would offer opportunities for girls and underrepresented minority groups to learn about fields such as computer science and engineering. Additionally, it would encourage all students to learn and develop solutions to real world problems across our curriculum.

The 3D Printer would support the following activities:

  1. Students will learn and practice the engineer design process by using 3D modeling software and the printer for designing and creating prototypes to solve authentic problems.
  2. Students will demonstrate math concepts of area, perimeter, and angles by creating 3D models.
  3. In Graphic Arts, students can design works of art using computer 3D software and printing.
  4. In ELA, students can design and create book and character settings, and themes.
  5. In Social Studies, students can design historical characters or scenes to show their understanding.
  6. In Science and Engineering classes, students would use the 3D software and printer to design prototypes.

How will the project be evaluated (e.g. how will you gauge its success)?

To evaluate the 3D projects, formative and summative assessments using rubrics that demonstrate proficiency in completing the design process and printing of the 3D model.

3D printer projects integrated into classroom curriculums with support from our administration, Technology teachers and classroom teachers.

Exit tickets completed by students to measure learning in real time and provide constructive feedback for both students and teachers.

Final 3D printer models/projects displayed on our school website, Open Houses, Art Shows and our Social Media accounts.

3D printer projects aligned to Massachusetts Department of Education Standards for Grades 3-6 to show learning.

Benefit to the students and the school

Over the course of the School Year, a 3D printer and software resource available on a Makerspace Mobile Cart will provide equal access to all students in our school. An important benefit is the opportunity for girls and underrepresented groups to learn and discover interests’ in computer science and engineer fields of study and careers. It also provides a rich resource for students to show learning/understanding across curriculums using 3D modeling software and designing. 3D designing and printing is also a cross curriculum resource that incorporates Math, Science, ELA and Engineering.

Timeline of Project (when will you do the project, if applicable)

The Timeline of this project will be as follows:

School Year 1 2018-2019

October-November 2018- purchasing the Mobile Makerspace Cart, Lego building supplies, K-nex Classroom kits, GoldieBox for girls, and arts and crafts supplies.

December 2018- Mobile Makerspace Cart resources organized.


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