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The Science STEM Club at Nautilus Middle School has eager students that are excited to get their hands on a real 3D printer.
The Science STEM Club at Nautilus Middle School has eager students that are excited to get their hands on a real 3D printer.
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The Science Technology Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) Club at Nautilus Middle School and the Science and Junior Scholars classes in general are very sharp this year.   2014 STEM EXPO received great projects at the regional science fair last spring and many awards were won by students in engineering competitions like bridge-building, rocketry, robotics, and essay contests.  The Science Department and STEM Program are led by an inspirational teacher, Dr. Gwendolyn Foote, a former Biomedical Technologist and Biologist turned School Educator, who just completed her EDD in Education.

The Miami-Dade County board of education and the State of Florida have been as generous as possible within limited budgets for the many deserving schools.  We have a good deal of new classroom technology, but a real-life 3D printer is beyond the budget.

The Science students are chomping at the bit to get their hands on the newest technology.  Students will learn how to create computer aided design (CAD) files, reduce them to machine files using slicing software, and produce real objects out of thin air!   One direct application is to build models for the Future Cities Competition, an annual state-wide competition to design the city of the future.  One part of the project will be to create a scale model of Elon Musk's Hyperloop Transport.  We have some designs in mind already.  The students are also competing in Green School Challenge, e-Cybermission, and other STEM competitions.

Nautilus Middle School serves a diverse group of students from the entire Miami Beach community.  The diversity of our school is actually quite remarkable.   As a Title I school, we are serve the entire community in order to provide academic opportunity to all kids.  A strong science program with an emphasis on STEM is essential to instill in the students a love of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics, disciplines that will be essential in their community, college, and careers.

We expect to purchase a Makerbot Replicator 5th Generation;

This particular model has a strong track record of usability and manufacturer and community support.  The founder, Bre Pettis, makes a strong case for introducing this technology to advanced middle schoolers and high schoolers

We are encouraged to "Help inspire the next generation and strengthen America’s global competitiveness."

There are ample support resources available on the Makerbot  community site;

And there are even books dedicated to the specific 3D printer we will acquire

The Parent Teacher Student Association (PTSA) is launching this project to purchase an appropriate 3D printer and enough supplies to get started on various projects.  As a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt organization,  Backers may claim a charitable deduction on their own taxes.

Risks and challenges

A 3D printer, with the associated software and user community, is a complex machine. Several of the parents of the students are architects and electrical and mechanical engineers, and computer professionals, so design mentoring and nuts and bolts maintenance will be assured.

The security of the machine will be assured as it will be kept in the science laboratory, and therefore well supervised at all times.

After the initial investment, maintenance and supplies will come from the parents and PTSA. We expect a long and useful life from this piece of equipment.

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    Certificate of Appreciation and photograph of the science club.

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    Scale model of Nautilus Middle School printed on 3D printer. Certificate of appreciation and photograph.

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    Commission a 3D "thing": The science club will build a model to your specifications and deliver it to you. Build volume constraints of the 3D printer must be considered.

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    Sponsor Recognition - A decal will be affixed to the printer prominently honoring your contribution to the education of our community's children. This may be a personal message or your company's logo. Also the other rewards.

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