Shelley Emslie, a 5th grade teacher in Bigfork, Montana, was looking for a way to encourage her students to try different technologies as they headed into a life beyond the classroom. Working in a small rural town, she was determined to provide her students with the tools to guide them to a bright future.
After doing research, Emslie chose Robo 3D printers to start her and her students’ STEM technology experiences. Using the Robo 3D curriculum, she saw that her and her students could create something out of nothing. By incorporating the design process and using Tinkercad, a beginner 3D design software, her class was able to create their own lesson plans and resulting items. Emslie says, “After I started printing, I could not believe the reactions from the kids. To be able to say, ‘I don’t have X – let’s just print one’ is totally mind blowing.”
Robo 3D printers are turnkey with cloud-printing capabilities, and MyStemKits standards-driven curriculum so they can be used right away. 3D printing technology has become an innovative addition to makerspaces in classrooms everywhere, and with the easy-to-use Robo 3D, Ms. Emslie and her students are able to tap into and nurture their creative minds.
We look forward to hearing more about Ms. Emslie and what her students have accomplished with their Robo 3D printers. To read more on Ms. Emslie’s experience, read the full case study here.