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New 3D printer helping students better understand math, science

French Settlement junior high students have a new tool to help them learn some real-life skills in the classroom.

Mr. Erik Willie's math and STEM classes were awarded a 3D printer through the Quality Science and Math Grant from LSU.

Students will be able to use the 3D printer for hands on learning to construct geometric models and problem solve using mathematical principles learned throughout their various units.

The Project Lead the Way (PLTW) class will also benefit from the 3D printer. Students in the program, which allows them to earn high school credit, are currently learning the benefits of sustainable architecture. They are exploring styles of architecture in the local community and how to measure with scales and develop blue prints and models using the AutoCAD computer software program.

Next semester, Project Lead the Way students will be become medical detectives and explore the basics of the healthcare industry. They will use the 3D printer to generate various models that the class can use to further their understanding.

"We are very thankful for the opportunities given to us by Mrs. Staci Polozola through Project Lead the Way and the generous resources from LSU with the Quality Science and Math grant to make this project possible," Mr. Willie said. "I am very optimistic that we will be able to continue to fuel the creative needs of our students while demonstrating mastery in the content areas covered by these classes."

The QSM Grant program awards grants up to $2,000 to Louisiana PK-12 public school teachers purchasing non-consumable materials and equipment for stands-based, effective, innovative and high-quality mathematics, science and STEM course instruction.


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