- One-year subscription to Makers Empire – this provides curriculum, 3D design software, teacher management tools and professional development
- Flashforge Inventor IIS 3D Printer – a very easy to use 3D printer, great for K-8 schools
Jamie Johnson Glen Oaks Park Elementary SchoolJamie Johnson (left) is a 5th-grade teacher at Glen Oaks Park Elementary in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. She also serves a literacy and technology teacher in an afterschool program that focuses on careers in the STEM fields. Glen Oaks Park Elementary is a thriving elementary school with a focus on academic excellence and preparation for college and career. The school currently has a 1:1 computer integration program in grades 3-5th. Students attending are immersed in technology and complete work through the flip model process. Jamie says, “Glen Oaks Park is so excited to implement 3D printing into our technology program. This will greatly improve the science and math curriculum in our new science-math lab. This will help the students to incorporate what they are learning in class with the STEM field through creativity.”
Jill Peterson Paris Elementary SchoolJill Peterson (left) is currently teaching 2nd grade at Paris Elementary in Paris, Idaho and loving every minute of it!! When she is not teaching, Jill is either traveling the world or running her photography business. She graduated from Brigham Young University in Elementary Education and also has a Master’s Degree as a Reading Specialist. She has previously taught 5th, 4th, and 3rd grade. Jill says, “we have about 130 students total and 6 teachers, k-5. We are a rural community near Bear Lake and a Title 1 School. We are so excited about this 3D printer and plan on adding it to our Discovery Room!!” Congratulations to Glen Oaks Park Elementary School and Paris Elementary School! Thank you for your passion and excitement for bringing technology into education. We can’t wait to see how you use 3D technology is the upcoming school year.
About the Author
Jeanette McConnell, Ph.D. is a passionate educator with a strong scientific background. She earned a bachelors degree in biochemistry at San Diego State University and went on to earn a doctoral degree in chemistry at the University of NSW. Throughout her studies, she tutored her fellow students. Her experience presenting science shows and workshops to children convinced her of the value of a hands-on education. She believes Makers Empire is the way to make learning hands-on and harness the power of 3D printing technology in education.