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The purpose of this grant is to secure the necessary funding for a classroom 3D printer. 3D printers are known to enhance STEM education and promote learner engagement in the classroom. They have also been linked to the increasing number of patent requests at the United States Patent and Trademark Office. Having such a technology in our classroom would:

-Enhance the value of STEM education
-Promote early adoption of computer skills, such as CAD
-Promote creativity in the learning environment
-Provide 21st century learning experiences to students
-Promote problem solving through real-world technologies
-Promote a greater understanding of scale and spatial awareness through three-dimensional design

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Jabil - STEM and Creativity through 3D printing for Gifted and Talented Learners

School:
High Point Elementary School 
Subject:
Technology 
Teacher:
Patricia Barbur 
Students Impacted:
40 
Grade:
K-5 
Date:
January 13, 2016

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Jabil - $884.01

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Goal

The purpose of this grant is to secure the necessary funding for a classroom 3D printer. 3D printers are known to enhance STEM education and promote learner engagement in the classroom. They have also been linked to the increasing number of patent requests at the United States Patent and Trademark Office. Having such a technology in our classroom would:

-Enhance the value of STEM education
-Promote early adoption of computer skills, such as CAD
-Promote creativity in the learning environment
-Provide 21st century learning experiences to students
-Promote problem solving through real-world technologies
-Promote a greater understanding of scale and spatial awareness through three-dimensional design
 

 

What will be done with my students

Students will be taught how to prototype, design, and develop objects that can be printed on the 3D printer. Arguably the most simplistic CAD software available to students of this age group, TinkerCad provides learners with the core skills of spatial awareness and 3D design, both of which will be applicable towards other CAD associated software and our immediate classroom usage needs. The application of these CAD skills will manifest themselves through a litany of tangibles created via the 3D printer. Such tangibles we look to create will tie into our thematic unit of Ancient Egypt, student submissions for the yearly Invention Convention, and instructional tools that might assist other learners beyond the scope of our Gifted and Talented populations. 

 

Benefits to my students

The thematic focus of our gifted program changes on a yearly basis. One encumbrance of a yearly change of thematic focus is the substantial amount of time that is spent locating learning aids tied to that thematic focus that enhance curriculum presentation and increase engagement. Apart from the amount of time that is spent locating these instructional aids, the added cost of procuring these instructional aids can cause quite a strain on both school and personal finances.
3D printing has become the great equalizer against the thematic changes in gifted curriculum. The cost to manufacture many of the learning aids needed for classroom use through 3D printing is substantially less than purchasing them outright from online merchants in most cases (online merchants traditionally having the lowest price points for these instructional aids). 3D printed instructional aids can also be created to meet the specific needs of the learner, facilitating potential kinesthetic prescriptive learning remedies to struggling students.
Keeping the aforementioned benefits in mind when considering the direct needs of my Gifted and Talented students, access to 3D printing in our gifted classroom will provide numerous opportunities to enrich the content presented within our thematic units, year in and year out. Having a 3D printer in my classroom opens up a world of creative possibilities to my very creative group of students. The majority of my students do not have the financial means to bring their creativity to life in a matter beyond a simple arts and crafts project. Putting this device within the reach of my learners gives them a chance to truly understand spatial concepts and object orientation, in addition to giving them a leg up at mastering a 21st century skill through computer assisted design and development of three-dimensional objects.
Many of my students enjoy technology but lack a substantial level of exposure to anything beyond software, ultimately preventing their growth of tech-literacy and STEM development where it matters most; physical application, development, and creation. Endowment of funds for this purchase will provide opportunities for learners to advance their tech literacy years before another opportunity is provided them in our public schools – an opportunity these Gifted and Talented students truly desire.
Bluntness aside, 3D printing and the prototyping process associated with it grants our students an opportunity to gain meaningful and marketable skillsets for real world application. As educators we want to provide the highest quality learning opportunities to our students to develop purposeful and marketable skillsets. Access to a 3D printer would not only assist with the advancement of STEM instruction but also provide learners with a chance of beginning their acquisition of design skills early in their academic careers, hopefully providing them with enough excitement and time to pursue advance skills in later grades, as well as college.
 

 

Describe the Students

This project is designed to benefit Gifted and Talented students that reflect a very diverse learning environment. Learner demographics will tell you that these students are part of a Title One, L300 School, with 100% of the student population receiving free breakfast and lunch. They might also tell you that over a hundred of our students are provided food over the weekend through the “pack a sack” program with still more on the waiting list, half of our student population is ESOL, many of our students come from low SES, and a fair amount of students have dealt with hardships in their lives that no child should ever have to endure.
What learner demographics don’t tell you is that despite the societal encumbrances many of our Gifted and Talented students face, they are hardworking, enthusiastic learners, who are grateful for teachers and volunteers that promote the best possible learning environment. Learner demographics won’t tell you how these students spend a substantial amount of time conducting service-learning projects each year, including projects that have celebrated local first responders and provided school supplies for students of an impoverished school in Haiti. What the learner demographics don’t tell you is that despite the obstacles life throws at these students time and time again, they still want to achieve success, both inside and outside of the school.
Needless to say, we have an obligation to these students to provide them with any and all opportunities that could facilitate success academically and professionally both now and in the future. Many are convinced that an STEM-laden curriculum is the key to promoting future professional success and we agree. However, few schools have the necessary funding to enhance STEM guidance to the point in which instruction is validated via the demonstration of professionally correlated skills, such as the creation of tangibles through prototyping and building processes that utilize 3D printing. Industrial trade skills associated with CAD are making a comeback in our country as a desirable skillset, and access to a 3D printer would increase the amount of opportunities we can provide to these students to instill in them these desired skillsets, all the while promoting STEM content.
 

 

Budget Narrative

The amount of money we are requesting for this grant is: $884.01 USD

This amount of $885.00 is broken down as follows:

• 1x XYZ DaVinci 1.0 Printer – $449.99 (NewEgg.com – includes Free Shipping)
• 1x 3 Year ADH Warranty on DaVinci 1.0 Printer – $60.00 (NewEgg.com)
• 1x copy of Simlify3D – $149.99 (simplify3d.com)
• 2x XYZ Filament Cartridges – $60
• 7% Florida Sales Tax on aforementioned items - $50.40
• 15% Cost Overrun Budget (remainder to be used on printing supplies) - $114.62


This request factors in an original project estimate of $770.38 for the printer and operational materials (including the 7% sales tax for the state of Florida) plus an additional 15% of this cost to account for any changes in price that may occur between the time in which this grant is published and (possibly) approved (the sum of $114.62).
Regarding the selection of the DaVinci 1.0 Printer:
XYZ Printing has been offering consumer grade 3D printers for several years. They carry a 1-year warranty on parts and labor for the DaVinci 1.0 Printer. Because there are no true consumer friendly 3D printers, having the option to add on an 3 extra years of warranty service by NewEgg is a no brainer to anyone who personally owns and uses a 3D printer (sometimes they need adjustments or parts warrantied). Apart from being a consumer grade 3D printer manufacture and easily the most teacher-friendly printer manufacturer, XYZ printers are rather easy to troubleshoot and have a large hobbyist community following for help and guidance when 3D printing. We also took into consideration the fact that this printer has emits low odor and is rather silent, in addition to having a door to protect students from accidental injury. Through the use of Simplify3D, we will also have access to filament types other than ABS, like PLA, Nylon, TPE, and wood-based filaments for use. The printer also features a heated bed and is highly customizable, allowing for future upgrades and add-ons should they become available or designed by the hobbyist community.

Regarding the Purchasing of an Extended Warranty:
The extended warranty speaks for itself. NewEgg has some of the best warranty service amongst online tech retailers. Having an extended warranty on such a printer is a good idea. The vast majority of issues associated with the DaVinci 1.0’s failures are typical in almost any machine: clogged extruder head, bent wiring leading to failed prints, and even the occasional short on the computer board. While XYZ Printing honors their warranties and performs incredibly fast work, having the extra few years of service available to us will ensure that technology is available to learners throughout the remaining

Regarding Filament Purchases and Reasoning:
The downside to XYZ Printing is their proprietary filament cartridges. However, through the use of an Arduino computer filament cartridges can be respooled with filament produced by other manufactures. We requested the purchase of two addition filament cartridges so that we would not only have extra filament at the onset of adoption, but so that we could respool all three cartridges as needed at a cost of $15 to $23 a kilometer, rather the $30 every 300 meters. We currently have access to such a resetting tool, in addition to a technology specialist who has volunteered to assist us with resetting filament cartridges and working with this brand of printer.

Regarding Simplify 3D:
These cost saving measures, along with a copy of Simplify3D (a 3D printing software that allows you to adjust and modify bed and extrusion temperatures, change infill percentages, and save on the amount of filament used on a print versus stock software) will keep 3D printing affordable in our classroom for the lifespan of our printer, possibly technology, meeting the needs of our present learners and those of the future.

Regarding the 15% Cost Increase Factor:
If no changes in price occur during the approval process, then the funds allocated for the 15% fluctuations in cost will be rolled back into materials needed for printing, such as filament spools, lithium grease, Windex, cloth rags, filing tools, and sand paper.
 

 

Items

# Item Cost
1 1x XYZ DaVinci 1.0 Printer – $449.99 (NewEgg.com – includes Free Shipping) $449.00
2 1x 3 Year ADH Warranty on DaVinci 1.0 Printer – $60.00 (NewEgg.com) $60.00
3 1x copy of Simlify3D – $149.99 (simplify3d.com) $149.99
4 2x XYZ Filament Cartridges – $60 $60.00
5 • 7% Florida Sales Tax on aforementioned items - $50.40 $50.40
6 • 15% Cost Overrun Budget (remainder to be used on printing supplies) - $114.62 $114.62
  Total: $884.01

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