We recently announced the 100 winners of our Educate and Inspire Grant and we’re distributing 300 MOD-t 3D printers with supplies to these recipients now. These schools were all extraordinarily impressive and we thought we’d spotlight a few of these recipients so the MOD-t community could see how amazing these programs are.
Ann Richards School for Young Women Leaders is a public school in Austin, TX that serves students from grades 6 to 12. The school focuses on STEAM subjects and each student gets to choose from one of three STEAM disciplines to specialize in: Biomedical Science, Media Technology, or Engineering.
8th grade STEM Education teacher, Kristina Read, applied for the grant in the hopes that the MOD-t can be the cornerstone of her 3D printing curriculum. The 8th graders who will use the MOD-ts have plans to learn the basics of 3D printing and additive manufacturing before moving on to design projects – like designing a toy for a younger child or jewelry to start a business. The students at Ann Richards School for Young Women Leaders are already familiar with design programs, with experience using TinkerCAD and 123D. Kristina Read plans on showing other teachers how to use CAD programs so design projects can expand to lessons on topography, architechture, and geography.
“My end goal is for this project and technology to demonstrate the positive power of CAD and 3D printing,” Read said. “As these areas of emerging technologies are often underrepresented by females, my hopes are that by exposing girls to it at a young age, they will be encouraged to pursue college degrees in engineering or computer assisted technologies.”
We loved this application’s strong knowledge of design and 3D printing. Ann Richards School for Young Women Leaders is going to be a great example of how a MOD-t can greatly impact and influence a group of young STEAM learners and we’re excited to see what this group of amazing young women create with their grant award packages.