High School Chemistry Teacher
Describe your program/project in 100 words or less:
Over 2000 students at our school are taking science classes in physics, biology, chemistry and earth science. In order to inspire students in the field of STEM (Science Technology Engineering and Mathematics), I would like to pioneer the use of 3-D printing technology in the science classroom. I plan to purchase an Afinia H-Series 3D printer which is a lower cost, educational size 3-D printer. I believe this modern technology will enhance student learning as it will allow students to design and build 3-D models for cellular biology, genetic replication, molecules and machines.
Explain how you will integrate your program/project into your current curriculum, and the instruction methods you will use to accomplish your objectives (3000 characters or less):
I have two educational objectives. The first objective is to enhance the teaching of biology, physics, chemistry and earth science while challenging and motivating students to think creatively as they design and build scientific models. Teachers can build models to help explain concepts that are difficult to visualize such as breaking bonds and rearrangement of atoms. Students can also build models to explain their knowledge by making 3-D models of a cell, DNA or anatomical structure (biology); molecule, atom, or model of a reaction (chemistry); catapults, basic machines or structures (physics) and earth crust models (earth science).
My second objective is to allow students an opportunity to design, invent or explore using computer technology and being able to see their design. As we move into the NGSS Common Core standards, it is important that students are given opportunities to apply, evaluate, plan designs and carry them out. Success will require students to not only design, but to research, analyze and strategize their resources.
Explain how your evaluation plan will show improved student performance and mastery of your stated objectives. Please be very specific (3000 characters or less):
The following outlines the steps to successful integration of 3D printing into our classrooms.
How many students will be impacted by this project?
Approx. how many years will you be able to use this program in your classroom?
The 3D printer identified (Afinia H479) has a sturdy construction and is the only non-commercial 3D printer with a standard one year warranty. An additional one year extended warranty can be purchased. These machines are designed to be maintained and operated for 5-10 years. While proprietary 3D printing consumable materials cost $60-150/kg, the system chosen uses materials that are only $33-45/kg. Thus 3D printing materials can fit into current school consumables budget.
In addition to ordering the Afinia H-Series 3-D Printer, I will order 7 rolls of filament for printing, and 5 licenses of Cubify invent (design software that will be installed on the science department laptops). Included in the package will be 6 hours of face to face training and 8 hours of online training for teachers to use the 3-D printer. The Schools First Federal Credit Union grant would fund $1000 and I have a commitment from the science department chairman for the remaining $2086.23.
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