Innovate to Educate Entry

Momence High School

Mark Evans, Technology Ed Teacher/ STEM Teacher

What innovative technology initiative or project are you most proud of, and how has it improved teaching and learning in your school/district?

We built a 3d printer, Laser engraver, and CNC Router based on Arduino Microprocessors

What were some of the biggest challenges to your initiative, and how did you meet those challenges?

The biggest challenge I have to overcome is a lack of computers. We have 3d modeling machines but we have only one machine capable of running CAD software for designing things to print, etch and carve on our CNC equipment.

What are the three biggest components that need to be in place for tech innovation to succeed are:

Start with a design problem appropriate for the age group represented.
Students must have access to reference materials of all kinds. Internet search capability is a must.
CAD is integral to the design process, We can post process our drawings and make 3d models to test and improve upon

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