Opportunity to Give: MakerBot Replicator+ 3D Printer

Update on August 25, 2017: “I’m very excited to report that today we received our first sponsorship gift toward purchasing the 3D printer, in the amount of $1,000, from the business of two of our school families,” announced a smiling Dr. Nichols earlier this afternoon. “We are very encouraged. Now we’re asking our families and businesses to consider how they might also give toward and help sponsor this vital learning tool, so that we can keep our kids on track. This is a vital component in giving our students a real, tangible advantage for their future education and professional careers,” said Dr. Nichols. “We see 3D printing and related emerging technologies as a necessity—not a luxury—for our students. It is the only way to help ensure they’re being equipped for the real life challenges ahead.”

For the first time at Alta Loma Christian School, students are having an opportunity to encounter and interact with a leading-edge 3D printer as part of the school’s ongoing enhancement and integration of educational technology on campus.

The new MakerBot Replicator+ Desktop 3D Printer is currently on a temporary 30-day loan to ALCS from the Paton Group.

“A 3D printer is an opportunity for teachers and students to mold, experiment, and emulate real-world workflow,” explained ALCS Director of Innovation, Mrs. Laura Deck. “Our Christian learners will be able to identify real-world issues and engineer workable prototypes. I know that the addition of a 3D printer would be a huge resource for our students as we train them up to think critically and love their community through new inventions, apps, websites, and marketable ideas.”

“We are very excited to have this available for teaching our students 21st century skills firsthand, across grade levels,” said ALCS Head of School, Dr. Vance Nichols. “This is a device that our students need to be able to understand as we continually build in them a greater capacity and expertise in technology. The more we do that, the better prepared they are for the future, and the greater advantage we give them in comparison with their peers in other schools and settings.”

The cost for ALCS to purchase and keep the 3D printer on a permanent basis is $4,200. Because that amount is beyond the school’s budget, Dr. Nichols and ALCS Director of Innovation, Mrs. Laura Deck, are seeking a donor or donors for the 21st century learning tool, in order to keep ALCS as its permanent home.

“I honestly think this is the next step for us as a school,” said Mrs. Deck. “It’s time to move into applied computing at ALCS. Let the adventure commence!” Mrs. Deck, who is both a Google Certified Educator and a Raspberry Pi Certified Educator, attended the ISTE 2017 Conference in San Antonio over the summer. ISTE (International Society for Technology in Education) is regarded as the single-most important annual ed tech gathering in the world, and sets school and education standards for technology learning in the U.S. and abroad.

If your business or family sponsors the purchase of the MakerBot, you will receive recognition visually displayed with the high tech device. You will also be recognized as a Wings of Distinction Partner, including corporate and/or family recognition in ALCS publications, such as EagleLink, on the school’s website, and on display in the main office.

For more information about the MakerBot Replicator+ 3D Printer and how it is being utilized to teach our students 21st century skills and give them a leading-edge advantage, please contact Mrs. Deck at ldeck@alchristian.com.

For more information about sponsoring or donating toward the MakerBot 3D printer, please contact Dr. Nichols at vnichols@alchristian.com.