The Technology Education Program at Cole Middle School received a grant from EGEF to purchase two pieces of technology equipment, specifically a U Print 3D Printer and a Soluble Cleaning Station in the spring / summer of 2011. The equipment allowed Cole students to learn and experience engineering and design concepts that few High Schools have let alone our Middle School. The equipment was used by all the students of the 7th grade computer aided design (CAD) class where approximately 100 students designed articles in Solidworks CAD software using engineering methods and eventually progressing to creating their own models using 3D prototyping.
There was so much enthusiasm and excitement among the students, teachers, administration and parents as the students watched their designs come to life. The students created tangible often practical objects to showcase and demonstrate their learning. Some examples of which are desktop name plates, toy parts compatible with Lego, whiffle balls, composite hockey stick extensions, and board game pieces for Chess, dice, salt & pepper shakers, EXPO marker holders for teacher whiteboards, iPod cases and cell phone cases. The Technology Education students at Cole Middle School are manipulating tools and equipment typically reserved for high tech companies. Through this insightful investment of EGEF, Cole students have a unique opportunity not found in any other middle school in the state.
This technology allows our students to engage in learning that is real and becomes more exciting due to their creativity and the capability to make their ideas become a reality. We are thankful for all the learning that has taken place as a result of EGEF funded grant and are excited about future learning our students will experience.