The students have designed probes to explore a possible 9th planet in our solar system.

March 16, 2016

Student Perspectives on 3D Printing in the Classroom

This week I am preparing to speak at the CUE (Computer Using Educators) conference in Palm Springs. I’m getting excited about the opportunity, and I decided I wanted to know what my 4th graders thought about having a 3D printer in the classroom. I had them write a response to a writing prompt today, and what […]

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A student putting his nameplate to good use.

September 30, 2015

3D Printed Name Plates

As summer came to a close this year my mind turned towards 3D printing in the classroom. I wrestled with the idea of the first print of the year. I wanted to do something that would be useful and captivate the students. For a moment I was worried that I wouldn’t be able to continue […]

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June 18, 2015

Projects, Resources, and More | 3D Printing in the Classroom

As summer kicks off I find myself getting ready for a couple of conferences where I will have the privilege to share what my students and I have been doing in the classroom. The first conference is the Arcadia Innovation Summit on June 24th. The other is the Model Schools Conference in Atlanta, Georgia from June […]

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The final motion circuit.

May 22, 2015

Circuits and Movement | 3D Printing in the Classroom

The motion circuit group had a challenging time getting their project to work. That happens sometimes. A combination between group dynamics and Murphy’s Law seem to be major road blocks to some projects. The first challenge this group faced was selecting the materials and making a plan. They quickly chose to take apart an old VCR […]

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The working prototype for the sound group.

May 9, 2015

Sound Circuit | 3D Printing in the Classroom

One of the circuit groups in my class was given the task of making a circuit that produced sound. They came up with a really fantastic project. I like this group’s project for so many reasons. When I was thinking through this group’s project I thought they would use this sound maker that came with our […]

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Tapping the speaker plays a little tune.

April 30, 2015

Making Circuits and Programming | 3D Printing in the Classroom

I selected the group that I wanted for the programming circuit carefully. The two girls showed some interest in learning how to program earlier in the year, so I had given them a project to work on at home. I don’t think they got very far in that project, but they did enough to know […]

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April 16, 2015

Light Circuit | 3D Printing in the Classroom

The four students in the group responsible for coming up with the circuit that demonstrates lights were assigned the last two letters in the word “circuits”. They get the “TS”. I thought this task would be straight forward. I anticipated them being challenged with how to mount their circuit, the wiring, and how to get […]

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The sign our students will be designing around.

April 6, 2015

Making Circuits | 3D Printing in the Classroom

The week leading up to spring break was a fun week. This was one of those rare times when we have finished a unit in reading, wrapped up the math unit that we were on, and had time to focus on other projects. That is just what we did. We were able to finish our robot […]

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Making shapes to measure the perimeter with the 3D Doodler.

March 22, 2015

3D Doodler in the Classroom

My students have had a good time learning about 3D printing this year. In fact, many of them want to get a printer for their home. One of my students got a 3D Doodler for Christmas (the world’s first 3D pen). He brought it into class shortly after the break, but we were focused on […]

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Here is a completed circuit with the 3D printed battery mount and switch.

March 5, 2015

Robots, Circuits, LEDs, and 3D Pinting| Classroom Project

When I was teaching circuits last year I had my class draw and water color robots. We then used a solar panel that we took out of old calculators, conductive paint, and an LED to make a simple circuit on top of the design. We liked the outcome so much that we decided to make […]

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