What is a 3D printer?
- A futuristic, self-contained manufacturing plant that can sit on a desk!
- Kids can design anything they can think of, then watch it manufactured in minutes!
- Unleash creativity, inspire entrepreneurial spirit, and develop computer skills that are immediately applicable and relevant.
What do I get out of supporting students at Portola High School?
Aside from the opportunity o help shape the future citizens of our community, we have great list of rewards. Look below to find the perfect reward for you!
More than just a gadget, each reward is a chance for our students to learn and grow 21st century skills.
LIMITED EDITION PURPLE PHS CUBE DECAL - The students at PHS design and make all of their own stickers. This specially designed, limited edition sticker comes with a thank you card signed by one of our students. Dimensions are 4" X 4".
LOVE 3D DECAL - Do you love 3D? If you receive this reward, you can use it to tell the world that you you support 3D printing. Dimensions are 5" X 4".
GLOW-IN-THE-DARK KEY CHAIN - You choose any three letters and we will make you a sturdy, glow-in-the-dark key chain, so you will never lose your keys in the dark again. Many thanks to Chris at The New Hobbyist for letting us use his awesome design. For more from this great designer, visit his blog at TheNewHobbyist.com
LIMITED EDITION PURPLE PHS CUBE T-SHIRT with GLOW-IN-THE-DARK LOGO - If you are a local, this shirt is a must have. The T-shirt is Portola Purple with an awesome glow-in-the-dark logo on the chest. Act now, there is a limited supply of these shirts and we will not make more...Ever! Sizes range from XS to XXXL.
I HEART 3D T-SHIRT - This is another must have for the 3D printing enthusiast. The heart is modeled after the iconic "Heart Gears" 3D object designed by Emmett Lalish. Take a look at the Thingiverse.com page for the whole story... Sizes range from XS to XXXL.
PURPLE PHS CUBE - Are you wondering why this guy is so happy? It is because he has a Purple PHS cube in his hand! This is the three dimensional version of the PHS cube sticker. It is a perfect conversation piece, and it doubles as a paperweight! Perfect for the PHS supporter who wants to donate a little more.
GEAR CUBE - Believe it or not, this fun-to-twist toy is completely made of parts printed on a 3D printer. A BIG thank you to Emmett Lalish for allowing us to print his design to raise money for our own printer. Please click the link to visit his Thingiverse.com page to see more of his awesome creations. This reward can be ordered in one of three colors, which have yet to be determined.
CUSTOMIZED iPHONE CASE - Have you ever wanted to design your own iPhone case? If you answered yes, then this is the reward for you! We can turn your artwork or graphic into a 3D printed case that will fit the iPhone 4, 4s, 5, 5c, or the 5s. There are two ways to submit your artwork to us: Draw your own on a template that we will provide to you or send us a black and white graphic in digital format. Watch the quick video below to see an example of artwork being made into a case for an iPhone 4.
*There will be basic color choices, but we have yet to determine what those choices will be.
This reward is only made possible by the genius 3D iPhone customizer, invented by Seth Moser. His iPhone customizer, as well as his other incredible designs can be seen at Thingiverse.com by following this link.
Below are pictures of the winning artwork from the Great 3D Printed iPhone Case Contest at Portola High School. The artists are (clockwise from top-left): Dayna Cormany, Hannah Curren, Julia Frazier, and Brandon Caballero.
GEAR HEART - Another awesome, twisty puzzle from Emmett Lalish. This heart has become a symbol for 3D printing and it is so much fun to twist! You will not be disappointed with this reward!
GEAR HEART & I HEART 3D T-SHIRT - This reward offers both the Gear Heart T-shirt & the 3D printed Gear Heart for a package deal.
E V E R Y T H I N G + NAMING RIGHTS - This reward is only available to one person (or group of people). You will receive one of each reward that we offer including:
- LIMITED EDITION PURPLE PHS CUBE DECAL
- LOVE 3D DECAL
- GLOW-IN-THE-DARK KEY CHAIN
- LIMITED EDITION PURPLE PHS CUBE T-SHIRT with GLOW-IN-THE-DARK LOGO
- I HEART 3D T-SHIRT
- PURPLE PHS CUBE
- GEAR CUBE
- GEAR HEART
- CUSTOMIZED IPONE CASE
- NAMING RIGHTS - You choose the name of the school's 3D printer, which will be displayed on a 3D printed placard!
Why does a small, rural school like Portola High School need a 3D printer?
Earlier in the school year, I traveled to a giant teacher conference in Sacramento, CA in order to hear the smartest and most insightful people in education talk about the importance of STEM education. In a nut shell, Science, Technology, Engineering and Math are fields that are hemorrhaging internationally, while at the same time, there is an alarming shortage of young Americans prepared to take these jobs. During the opening ceremony at the conference, I saw and heard many important people with many important ideas, and even received some inspiration, too. All in all, it felt like any other teacher conference, where people talked about their great visions for the future and their wonderful success stories with difficult kids, and then as soon as you get back to school you have totally forgotten what was said. Little did I know, this conference would turn out to be different. One little, fluorescent orange nut and bolt, made a HUGE impression on me, and hundreds of others back home as well.
While I was mulling around the exhibition hall waiting for lunch to be served, I came face to face with the MakerBot Replicator 3D printer. I certainly did not expect to see such a device at a gathering for teachers, but I was instantly mesmerized by it. After hearing the spiel from the salesman, I began to see that there were many educational benefits for students in and around 3D printers. I was pretty sure that it was love at first sight for me, and then the salesman did something to seal the deal. He gave me the nut and bolt that had been materializing before me while we spoke. Since that day, I have showed that little toy to hundreds of people, and their reaction is always the same: Their face gets scrunched up and they say "Wait...what?" Then I get to explain to them how a 3D printer works like a big hot glue gun with a weed eater line in the back of it, materializing objects in all three dimensions. Flabbergasted is the best word to describe it. But for kids, after the initial shock wears off, the pure excitement surfaces. They realize that they could design and print their own things if only they could get their hands on their own 3D printer!
Kids need to be motivated to learn
It is a fact, not just with high school students, but for all human beings, that motivation must be present in order to learn. In many cases, the motivation is simply fear of a bad grade or fear of looking unintelligent in front of peers, which only goes so far toward cultivating passion for a subject. However, the energy around 3D printing right now is overwhelmingly motivational for kids.
What kind of things will the students learn with a 3D printer?
Workplace Skills - The whole entire process that Kickstarter provides is a wonderful experience for young people. From planning to shipping, the students will gain valuable skills that will be useful in the workplace after high school. Learning how to use the 3D printer (which we will have to do as soon as we are funded) also requires a great deal of skills. Students from all classrooms will be able to apply what they are learning, from Economics students to 7th grade Art students, to a 3D printing project.
Creativity - Students who are curious about design will be able to create an object and then materialize it right in the classroom. Being able to hold their creation in their hand allows the students two unique opportunities: The first is a feeling of pride and accomplishment, which is transferred to others who see the 3D printed object. The second is being able to revise and rework a design. Often times, students will be surprised when they see their CAD projects printed in three dimensions. Having a printer in the classroom would mean that students can assess the problems and go right back to their design to troubleshoot and print again.
Math/Engineering - A large amount of the skill required to design and produce 3D objects involves lots of math and engineering. If there was ever a tool that is both motivating and effective for learning these skills, it is a 3D printer.
Risks and challenges
RISKS AND CHALLENGES:
There are two major obstacles that I can imagine with fulfilling our promises to our backers: The first is time, and the second is technical issues.
In the event that we receive more orders for 3D printed objects than we can make during school hours, I plan to devote my time after school is out to fulfill orders. I have also had commitments made by several students to put in hours after school. Where there is a will, there is a way!
Our second possible obstacle involves technical issues with our 3D models or with the machine itself. In order to avert this potential disaster, I have personally tested all of our models on a neighboring school's 3D printer. If there are other unforeseen issues, troubleshooting will start with myself and the students. If our issues are still not resolved, we will turn to the vast community of Makers on the web. Finally, I have a small circle of friends that are local that could assist if needed. Also, if any backers are displeased with their print, we will reprint and ship at no additional cost.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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