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Talawanda Schools Choose Polar 3D

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Talawanda Schools Choose Polar 3D

The Talawanda School District in Oxford, Ohio was recently awarded $3,500 from the Duke Energy Foundation for the purchase of six, Polar 3D printers for use in all five school buildings! Their commitment to pursuing STEM education throughout the district is awesome and we love knowing that Polar 3D printers will be many of these student's first experience with 3D Printing! We hope they're inspired and empowered by this great opportunity.

“Talawanda School District has committed to STEM Education in a variety of ways,” district STEM coordinator Ryan Barter said. “We believe students will learn by experiencing, not just listening. It is desired that students work collaboratively and gain those important soft skills that are vital to future success in any career path.”
He said the training is geared toward having students improve their skills in the areas of creativity, diligence, critical thinking, collaboration, communication and perseverance."

Talawanda High School is also partnering with Miami University in a social way as well...

"The high school has partnered with Miami University Hamilton in Project Civility, which encourages students to treat each other well. One way to do this is to reward acts of kindness by giving a student a specially-designed coin recognizing that act. Those coins are currently provided as part of the partnership, but that may change thanks to the new 3-D printers.
“We will make our own coins,” Holli Morrish, the district’s director of communication and public relations, said, adding high school students are planning the project. “The Youth Initiative Team has taken leadership. Students will have an art contest to design our coins. The focus on STEM is very modern and we can use it for Project Civility and tie it to district initiatives.”

Plus, the district is building two MakerSpaces for the students as well!

“The school district will supply a dedicated classroom space at the middle school and the high school for these MakerSpaces,” Barter said. “We will also provide computers with appropriate software, like Tinkercad or AutoCAD, and many supplies for students and teachers to be creative.”

It's so exciting to see a school district going in so wholeheartedly into STEM education and 3D Printing at all levels of education! To read more, check out the full article here. Congratulations Talawanda, we can't wait to see what you create!

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Professor Garfield Gets A Little Messy: New 3D Design Competition

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Professor Garfield Gets A Little Messy: New 3D Design Competition

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Makers Empire, a new Australian 3D printing start-up, has just released a 3D printing competition for elementary and middle school students. Makers Empire has recently been expanding it's influence on the maker-side of the education sector, and their new "Professor Garfield", as in Garfield, your favorite childhood cartoon, . The Competition

Wait, so where does my favorite fumbling feline come into the picture? Similar to a Polar Challenge, this competition asks students to help the perpetually hungry housecat eat to his fill without making a mess of things. Although you would think with his new title, Professor Garfield would have come up with a cleaner way to eat spaghetti , he still relies on his paws to get the job done. Students are asked to design their own "spaghetti and meatball eating tool" to help the cat out.

"Garfield LOVES spaghetti-and-meatballs! But the cat always makes a mess when he eats it. 
What Garfield needs is a utensil -- something with a clever design -- to help him enjoy his pasta in a cleaner and neater way. Garfield's that someone, somewhere could design something to solve his problem. He's also aware that some kids need assistance because they might not have full dexterity in their hands. Not to worry! The famous feline wants to help them as well!

Students are invited to design their own spaghetti-and-meatball eating tool in 3D (for 3D printing). They'll also be asked to describe the tool's special features and explain why they think it's a creative design."

The competition started earlier this week and set to end on December 9th. As if you weren't sold on the the competition already, prizes include signed artwork from Garfield creator Jim Davis, a year-long membership to the Makers Empire 3D printing learning program, and a Polar 3D printer.

More details can be found at https://professorgarfield.makersempire.com/.

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Reported by Robby Wellington, Polar 3D’s Cub Reporter and hungry intern from the University of Cincinnati.

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Tech for Teacher's Newest Love: The Polar 3D Printer

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Tech for Teacher's Newest Love: The Polar 3D Printer

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Meredith Martin, Tech Integrator, EdTech Consultant, EdCamp Junkie, Google For Education Certified Trainer, Google For Education Certified Innovator, and Lifelong Learner, wrote an in-depth piece on her experience with the Polar 3D printer on the Tech for Teachers website.

My Newest Love: The Polar 3D Printer

"You know the cool kid at school? You know, the one all the girls giggle and sigh about and the one all the boys secretly want to be? Yeah, that’s pretty much the description of the Polar3D Printer. This little thing is amazing. One of it’s best features is the price. Unlike the Makerbot, or even my beloved Dreamer, this printer hits way below the $1K price point. In fact, the education pricing for it is just $599! That’s a much more reasonable price for schools, as well as consumers.

"The price, however, is not the only nice thing about it.  The form factor is small and sleek, and the mirrored build plate is a classy touch.  It’s extremely easy to set up, and is delightfully portable. Once you get beyond the nuts and bolts, the Polar3D shines even more.  It’s wifi connectivity and web-based control interface are simply amazing."

READ Meredith Martin's hands-on insights "My Newest Love: The Polar 3D Printer" on Tech for Teachers.

Check Meredith out on Twitter at @geekyteach. And, she has a great 3D tagline, "If you're not making a mess... you're not doing it right!"

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