Tag: Science

3d printing in the classroom

June 5, 2014

3D Printing the Moon

A few years ago I had the opportunity to teach 3rd grade. One of my favorite units to teach was all about the Moon with an emphasis on understanding the phases of the Moon. Teaching the phases of the Moon is a perfect example of when a good model is necessary. My students and I […]

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3d printing in the classroom.

May 23, 2014

Mission Circuits

I usually have my blog posts roll out Thursday morning, but am running late today. There are a couple of reasons for that. One is that tonight was my Open House and I have been busy getting that ready. The bigger reason, was that this project wasn’t complete until right before Open House started. It […]

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3d printing in the classroom

May 22, 2014

The Word is Getting Out

After having the 3D printer for almost a year, word has gotten out that there’s a 3D printer in Mr. Barnett’s room. I recently had two fifth grade students approach me and ask if I could print something for them. At this time of year, 5th grade begins working on one of their final projects […]

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3d printing in the classroom

May 15, 2014

Manufacturing

If it takes 4 hours to print one marker and we are in school for 6 hours a day, how many hours will it take us to print 30 markers? How many days will it take us to print 30 markers? After some discussion the class decided that we could print 2 a day if […]

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May 8, 2014

Working Prototypes

At last we have a working prototype. It may not look like we intended, but it works. After all this research and design I thought it would be a good idea to make sure the LEDs work. So, I used an Altoid tin, some wires, an LED, and a battery to rig something up. We […]

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May 1, 2014

A Treasure Trove and a Redesign

The last couple of weeks have dragged on with our interactive whiteboard marker. We have had a week off of school and have been stuck getting our design to print 100% the way we want it to. We’ve tried a few different software programs, had a Google Hangout with an expert, and tried several versions. […]

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April 3, 2014

Authentic Learning

This week I had two parents tell me at different times that they were very happy with what I was doing in class. The first parent called and left a message. I’m not sure I’ve ever had a parent call and leave a voice message with the only purpose being to state how pleased they […]

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March 7, 2014

3D Printed Entomology

When I first got the 3D printer my mind swam with different ideas of how to use it in my classroom. You can see my first brainstorm here. I find the process of choosing what actually gets used in the classroom to be interesting. I thought I had some really good ideas, and some were […]

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