Enhanced Learning with 3D Printers in Manchester School District
On Thursday, April 13, the Manchester School District invited GMCC Citizen of the Year, Dianne Mercier, President of People’s United Bank – NH, to the Middle School at Parkside for a 3D Printer Demonstration.
People’s United Bank donated one 3D printer to each of three Manchester schools in an effort to enhance STEAM education. Webster Elementary School, the Middle School at Parkside, and McLaughlin Middle School will use the printers, together worth $10,000, as valuable tools for more projects that integrate science, technology, engineering, arts and math into everyday learning.
Dianne mentioned that the idea came from attending a summit hosted by the New Hampshire Manufacturing Extension Partnership which, she said, “Inspired us to think about how we could contribute to education in those fields and, ultimately, a skilled workforce.” Supporting education and workforce development is part of the GMCC’s Strategic Plan.
To introduce the printer and its capabilities to students, the Middle School at Parkside is hosting an innovation and design contest.
Students are invited to submit ideas for a new product or improvement upon an existing object that could be created with the brand new MakerBot Replicator+. Contest entries so far range from a medical alert bracelet to a cup holder extender to a car with peddles! The contest ends on April 17.
Some of Parkside’s sixth and eighth grade art students are working on projects that use different mediums for the same design.
The students sculpted clay into their chosen figures and then used the 3D design software to replicate those objects and print them.
All of the students experienced false starts, errors and/or design breakthroughs – all part of the learning process! They were proud to share what they learned with Dianne and others this past Thursday!