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Pace Secondary School educator wins 3D-printable kits for classroom
Tallahassee students benefit again from luck of the draw, receiving access to print-ready objects and lessons for the 3D printer they won previously.
Wyatt, a teacher at Pace Secondary, a local Exceptional Student Educator (ESE) school, attended the Florida Center for Research in STEM (FCR-STEM) Conference in December, where she won the annual subscription. FCR-STEM is a research department based out of Florida State University and hosted hundreds of teachers from around the state at their annual conference last year. The goal of the conference was training teachers on the standards and better educating practices and featured 3D printing as an affordable method for acquiring hands-on learning tools, with representatives from Dremel Education and MyStemKits.com showcasing their products. 3D printing, unlike inkjet or laser printing on paper, actually prints three dimensional objects like catapults, chromosome models, or math manipulatives that can be used in teaching. The two 3D printing companies work together to make 3D printing in the classroom easy and useful.
Earlier this month, K-12 education company MyStemKits.com launched their full website, featuring over 100 3D-printable kits that can be streamed to school's local 3D printers. Moreover, their kits come backed with curriculum developed in partnership with FCR-STEM. The kits and curriculum are vetted by a team of teachers and content-area experts who set out to make STEM subjects fun, engaging, and relevant to the potential careers that are waiting for them. While attending the MyStemKits conference, Wyatt was entered into a drawing for a Dremel 3D Idea Builder and was one of two winners to receive a one-year's subscription to the MyStemKits library. Wyatt received the printer immediately upon winning and received access to the website this week in time for the new school year.
Wyatt plans to use the kits primarily to make hands-on learning components for her 6th-8th grade science classes as well as her elementary classes. She's most looking forward to using the Pencil Catapult Kit and the Density Cubes Kit. "This will be a wonderful way to obtain some of the hands on tools that generally prove too expensive for a small school like ours to typically have access to, which will definitely enrich the educational experiences of our students," Wyatt said upon receiving access to the site.
About MyStemKits: With locations in Atlanta and Tallahassee, MyStemKits provides the leading digital subscription library of 3D printable manipulatives for K-12 STEM education and backs it with a vetted curriculum. The new 3D printing service allows teachers to stream 3D models directly to a 3D printer at their school. Compatible with the majority of 3D printers on the market, their kits provide an end-to-end solution for teachers, including the 3-dimensional models, assembly instructions, and even standards-aligned curriculum. Developed by a team of teachers, content-area experts, technology specialists, and artists, the kits and curriculum are designed for interactive and intuitive learning solutions both in the classroom and out of it. From printer-friendly designs to its user-oriented platform and direct-to-print streaming, they make STEM kits easy as clicking "print." For more information, visit www.mystemkits.com or follow them on social media.