The Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation awarded a microgrant to East Tipp engineering and technology teacher Sharita Ware. The $4,750 grant will be used to purchase two 3D printers for the school.
Ware says students can design and print their work as fast as a few hours with less waste than other production methods with 3D printers. "Students can then test, communicate with other members on their team and redesign to make their project better within a few hours," says Ware. "This is real-world design and production which will give students a competitive edge if they choose to enter an engineering or technology field."
Instead of random projects, students will be involved in solving real-world problems in their own world and at their own school. "Some projects would involve leg braces for Cerebral Palsy patients, athletic equipment for students, as well as replacement parts for broken equipment around the school," says Ware.
The printers will be used in the classroom and align with curriculum standards, but will also be available for East Tipp's after-school makerspace, art, and family and consumer sciences clubs.