A 7th and 8th grade class taught with a STEM emphasis have created a 3D name plate for Superintedent Russell Hughes, and made a video sharing the creative process.  Students in Mrs. Heather Stewart's Critical Thinking class have been concentrating their studies on engineering design process and building physical structures, 3D design and printing, and coding. 

For this project, students learned about current trends and uses of 3D printing in everything from it's use on the International Space Station to print needed tools, to bioengineers printing organs.  They learned the basics of 3D design, and how to use Tinkercad, an online 3D design and 3d printing tool, to create digital 3D designs that can be printed on a 3D printer. 

As a result of grants from the Society of American Military Engineers-Emerald Coast Post, and the National Defense Industrial Association - Gulf Coast Chapter, they were able to purchase a MakerBot Replicator Plus 3D Printer, which was just released in September of 2016 and created for professional design and education.  Mrs. Stewart would like to thank the grantors, and stated "3D printing would truly not have been possible in my classroom without their support!"  

You can watch the video created by Mrs. Stewart's class at https://youtu.be/ldtjBqdFHR4

Submitted by Keitha Bledsoe