Patsy Adams finds teaching opportunity in a playground equipment loss
Patsy Adams, Maine STEM Partnership member and 5th grade teacher at Pittston Consolidated School has assisted her students as they procure a new piece of playground equipment for their playground. This started two years ago when, due to safety reasons, their spiderweb structure was removed from their playground. Patsy saw an opportunity to create a real-world, engaging project for her students- they were tasked to fill this void in the playground using 3D printing and engineering design. Six groups of students created scaled models of their playground, researched playground equipment, and presented their choice of a replacement to the school. Based on safety and popularity, the Merry Go All was chosen, with a price tag of $5000.00. They are now looking for investors to help them reach their goals. In a presentation to MSAD 11's district school board, the students were awarded a match of $2,500 toward the cost. What an amazing, real-life experience for these lucky 5th graders. Go Patsy Adams!!
Several Maine STEM Partnership teachers presented how they use 3D printers in their classrooms as the 3D-Printing Expo at Thomas College in Waterville, ME on April 27, 2018. From using 3D printed cars in physics, to making bubble wands, and creating new bug species John McKechnie of Ellsworth High School, Karen Fream of East End Community School, Gina Jandreau of Madawaska Elementary School, and David Track of Vassalboro Community School provided tips and tricks to using 3D Printing in a meaningful way in the STEM classroom.
They all did a great job!!
"Anatomy of STEM Teaching in North American Universities" including UMaine discipline-based education researchers- Michelle Smith, MacKenzie Stetzer, and Erin Vinson as co-authors