April Newsletter – Road Trips & Grant Opportunities

We will be sending out a low-volume newsletter (once or twice a month) to anyone who is interested in 3D printing, grant funding, project ideas, and current events. You can subscribe [here].
I wanted to let you know that we are going to be taking our 3D printers, 3D models, and 3D student projects on a couple of field trips in the next month.  This would be a great opportunity for you to come play with our 3D printers and projects.  If you have been talking to your friends about “this awesome 3D thingy I saw on TV”, this might also be a great opportunity to bring them out to see it. We’d love to meet up with you, so mark your calendar for some 3D fun! Here’s what is coming up soon:

April 24th 
CVUSD Technology Fair 2013
University Center MPR
2801 Atlas Ave
Thousand Oaks, CA 
Open to the Public – Raffles, Interactive Displays, Virtual Field Trips

May 1st 
Santa Barbara County Education Office Classroom Technology Showcase
Santa Barbara County Ed Office Auditorium
4400 Cathedral Oaks Rd,
Santa Barbara, CA
The CTAP Student Technology Showcase winners will be on hand to share their winning project.
Free event but try to RSVP to http://tinyurl.com/ctsattend by 4/12.

May 10th 
Quail Valley Middle School STEM, History, & Technology Open House
May 10, 5:30-8pm PST
Multipurpose Room
10058 Arrowhead Rd. Phelan, CA
Over 30 exhibitors scheduled to attend with Michael Lane from Liftport (elevator to space) as our keynote speaker via Google.

We are also planning an exclusive 3D printing meetup for teachers and students.  If you have a suggestion for a location, we are open to suggestions.  We are shooting for a Sunday afternoon in June for our first meetup.  At the meetup we’ll be doing hands-on training with the 3D software we had at the CUE conference called Cubify Invent.  We will also be having hands-on training with the 3D printers so that you can actually import a model, setup a print, and then finish the model after the print.  We expect the meetup to be an exciting afternoon of learning adventure.


3D in Education

Relevance for Teaching, Learning, or Creative Inquiry
If someone asks you why 3D printing is such a big deal, you can refer them to these points made in the 2013 Technology Outlook for Australian Tertiary Education. Theses are just a few of the reasons to engage students in 3D design and printing!
  • The exploration of the 3D printing process from design to production, as well as demonstrations and participatory access, can open up new possibilities for learning activities.
  • Through replication, 3D printing allows for more authentic exploration of objects that may not be readily available to universities, including animal anatomies and toxic materials.
  • Typically, geology and anthropology students are not allowed to handle fragile objects like fossils and artifacts; 3D printing shows promise as a rapid prototyping and production tool, providing users with the ability to touch, hold, and even take home an accurate model.

Source: http://www.nmc.org/pdf/2013-Technology-Outlook-for-Australian-Tertiary-Education.pdf


Great Reviews

CNET Review April 4, 2013By the way, we were pretty excited about a CNET review of the Afinia printer that came out recently. Their senior editor, Rich Brown, said
“No 3D printer is perfect yet, but the Afinia H-Series H479 3D printer is the most approachable model we’ve reviewed, and we’d recommend it to anyone serious about getting started with 3D printing… Of the three 3D printers I’ve used so far, the $1,599 Afinia H-Series H479 is my favorite. That doesn’t mean it’s perfect, but it’s a more precise, and more flexible machine than 3D Systems’ first-generation Cube printer, and it’s significantly easier to use than the first-generation MakerBot Replicator.”


Funding and Grant Resources

LEGO Education is hosting a webinar titled “Funding and Grant Resources” on April 18th. They will be sharing information about resources that apply to any STEM funding, including 3D Printing. The description asks:

“Do you experience challenges in implementing innovative learning opportunities on a shrinking budget? Hear other educators share how they have overcome the budget challenge by pursuing grants and other funding resources. Learn about the work and research they’ve already completed that can help you obtain funding support in your school or district.
Educators today are asked to do more with less – budgets shrink while expectations increase. We’ll talk with three panelists who are very familiar with the challenges schools face in funding their programs, providing you with new ideas and inspiration for your school.”
Learn how to find money to fund the innovations you dream about! For more information, and to register, go to the LEGO Education webinar website.

Grants for Innovative Educators

Our friends at FableVision have compiled a wonderful list of grant opportunities, many of which apply to STEM projects. Take a minute to sign up for free access and browse the listing. I bet you’ll find at least one or two grants that will help you fund you ideas!


ING Unsung Heroes Grant

Are you an educator with a class project that is short on funding but long on potential? Do you know a teacher looking for grant dollars? ING Unsung Heroes® could help you turn great ideas into reality for students.

Each year, 100 educators are selected to receive $2,000 to help fund their innovative class projects. Three of those are chosen to receive the top awards of an additional $5,000, $10,000 and $25,000.

Deadline coming up quickly – April 30th!




Thank you!

We are excited that you are on the path to 3D design and printing in your school.  As always, let us know if there are any questions you may have about 3D design and printing.  We are here to help you succeed as you help your students become innovators and creators!

Hope you have a great week,
Steve & Debby
Steve & Debby Kurti
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