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Teacher’s resourcefulness secures a 3D printer for robotic teams


The Duncanville High School Robotics teams will soon be creating parts for their robots using a 3D printer thanks to the initiative of pre-engineering teacher Eika Johnson. The nine-year Duncanville ISD teacher provided a grant submission last spring to Hilliard Office Solutions and learned last week Duncanville High School was chosen out of 75 schools to receive this $1,000 3D printer.


The 3D printer will be presented to Johnson and her students on Thursday, October 1, 2015, at Duncanville High School, and will include a training session for teachers in the robotics and engineering department at 3 p.m. (Note: This event is open to Media.) 


The Hilliard’s Cubeaway Challenge grant submission process ran from April 15 through June 30, 2015, and was open to all public and private K-12 schools in Texas and Oklahoma.


“Receiving this printer and supplies provides students in the Engineering Design and Presentation classes an opportunity to utilize the Engineering Design Process in totality,” Johnson said. “The impact of seeing their designs come to life is immeasurable and timely. 3D printing is state of the art technology and Duncanville ISD students need the practice to make them more marketable in their career preparation.”


Receiving this printer allows students at DHS to use industry-accepted software (AutoCAD and AutoDesk Inventor) to produce designs that can then be uploaded and printed into a tangible prototype of their designs. Johnson stressed that the technology that 3D printers bring can propel students to the front of the pack in their future careers, and in upcoming competitions.