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High School Chemistry Teacher


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Description

Instruction Objectives

Implementation Plan

Student Impact

Longevity

Additional Information

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Description

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.

 

Instruction Objectives

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.

 

Implementation Plan

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.

  1. Acquiring 3D printing technology
  1. Afinia H479 3D printer
  2. 7 rolls of filament (printer consumables, 1kg each)
  3. 5 licences of Cubify Invent (3D modeling CAD software for classroom)
  4. Professional development training for 3D design and printing (6 hours face to face, 8 hours online)
  5. Funding
  1. Schools First Federal Credit Union grant would fund $1000
  2. Commitment from science department chairman for remaining $2086.23
  1. Designing and interacting with 3D models
  1. Educators create learning environment
  1. Biology
  1. Create hands-on cellular models to enhance understanding of cellular functions.
  2. Identify 3D models of particularly challenging anatomy features and 3D print them so that students each have significant time with the models to solidify learning.
  3. Build models of DNA/ RNA that is breakable so students can see DNA replication and translation.
  1. Chemistry
  1. Create cellulose models with a breakable bond where we can attach a dye molecule.  Students will understand the chemistry behind the tie dye lab.
  2. Create breakable common compounds to understand bonding, valence shell electron pair repulsion, modern atomic structure

  1. Physics
  1. Create exploratory projects in which students experiment with 3D printing materials of varying density.
  2. Build framework for students to experiment with hands on models to better understand forces, ballistic mechanics, and optical phenomenon.
  1. Earth Science
  1. Create models of earth that can be manipulated and adjusted to explore large-scale geologic phenomena.
  2. Create models to graphically illustrate the water cycle and other weather-driven phenomena.
  1. Students build and interact with their 3D world
  1. Biology: models of DNA, cells, enzymes and their substrates.
  2. Chemistry - models of atoms, breakable molecules to show a chemical reaction requires a balanced reactant and product.  
  3. Physics - basic machines, catapults, miniature boats, and student-driven geometrical structures such as pinholes for optics, custom inclined planes, variable density structures, etc.
  4. Earth Science - models of Earth’s crust, plate tectonics, internal planetary structure, and other geologic structures.
  1. Facilitating student inventions and broader impact
  1. Assign projects that encourage students to design based on research, observations and application of classroom learning.
  2. To broaden and deepen the applications to 3D design and printing, student business plans based on the their invention(s) could be proposed to a “venture capital” panel for seed funding.  These exercises will connect innovative technical thinking to persuasive speech, accounting concepts, and economic principles.
  1. Meeting student learning objectives and core standards
  1. Many students learn best through kinesthetic manipulation, and 3D printing supplies a medium whereby these students can obtain much deeper understanding and form lasting retention of concepts.
  2. Without going into an exhaustive list of Common Core or NGSS standards, 3D interaction with a tactile learning environment will dramatically improve the performance and mastery of 20-30 percent of the standards related to biology, chemistry, physics, earth science, and even addresses significant numbers of math standards related to geometry and measurement-based concepts.

  

Student Impact

How many students will be impacted by this project?

500-2000  

Longevity

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.

Additional Information

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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