STEM at Steinhatchee School
If it’s Friday at Steinhatchee School, it is time for STEM! Their 4th and 5th graders are using a free online program called “Tinkercad” to learn to use CAD (computer-aided design) and CAM (computer-aided manufacturing). Tinkercad helps their students to learn the 21st century skill of transforming an idea into reality by computer designing models, toys, prototypes, or jewelry and printing them on a 3D printer. They are in the very beginning lessons, but so far they have designed and printed an earbud cord holder, a box and lid, and this week they plan to design and print cell phone stands. In order to do this the students first had to learn the parts of a 3D printer and the basics of how it works along with the features of the 3D printer and the TInkercad software.
This process requires grit and a “don’t quit” attitude because they have seen several printing failures, but the students and teachers keep trying and figure out a workaround and they are off printing again. Mr. Bray, Steinhatchee School Principal, and the fourth / fifth grade science teacher, Tracey Blackshear, think that this 3D printer and software are going to lead some of their students into a high paying STEAM career later on in life. Steinhatchee School is grateful for the Flashforge 3D printer and “Learning by Layers” lessons provided for us by the school district.
If you want to see the 3D printer in action please use the following link: https://youtu.be/NleOjqM7qiQ