3D printer inspires future designers and technicians

Perry Tipler middle school students create cell phone cases with new 3D printer

William Davis, a teacher at Perry Tipler Middle School, was awarded a Celebrate Education grant last year by the Oshkosh Area School District Education Foundation for his “Design Your Own 3D Printed Cell Phone Case” project. This exciting project teaches students to play the role of a technician, designer, and manufacturer.

Thanks to the grant, Davis was able to purchase a 3D printer for students to create their own cell phone cases. The idea behind applying for the grant was to give students the ability to create something they could actually use every day.

“Students have learned to be more advanced and accurate in what they measure. If they don’t measure accurately, their case will not fit, or button placement will not be in the correct place”, says Davis.

“This project is certainly not easy, and there are students that struggle, but most figure out a way to make the case work for their device.”

Davis’s grant was one of the dozens awarded at last year’s Celebrate Education event. This annual event is hosted by the Oshkosh Area Community Foundation in partnership with the Mid-Morning Kiwanis Club of Oshkosh, Oshkosh Chamber of Commerce, Wisconsin Public Service Foundation, Oshkosh Area School District and the UWO College of Education and Human Services. This year’s Celebrate Education will be at the Oshkosh Convention Center on March 19, 2018 from 4:30 to 6 p.m. Register online and learn about grants awarded in the past at oshkoshareacf.org/news-events/celebrate-education/ or call 920-426-3993 by March 16.

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