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November 30, 2017

Tinkercad & Makerbots at James River Day School: innovation, design, student engagement, creativity, problem-solving, and iteration

We are excited to introduce our first 3-D printer at James River Day School. Our very own MakerBot Replicator arrived yesterday, and it will be up and running in a matter of days or hours. Mrs. Hardison simultaneously launched her Tinkercad club this week, where students have already begun to develop and design ideas that eventually will be printed into real, tangible models.
In an era of rapid change driven by emerging, accessible technologies, we are excited to begin a journey together -- students and teachers alike -- to explore how virtual design and 3-D printing can be used to drive student learning, excite children's innate creativity, and open new opportunities for discovery.
Our newest addition will initially be located within the Taylor Media Center's enclosed project room. We hope its central location will inspire all of us to imagine what we might do together in this exciting area of learning. I am inspired by Ms. Lesko, Mrs. Crowther, Mr. York, and Mrs. Hardison, and the students who will lead us forward. See sample printing of a key tag.