Petroglyph Elementary School's 3D Print Shop
At Petroglyph Elementary School, GenYES students known as the SWAT (Students Who Advance Technology) Team are making a big stir with their 3D print club! The SWAT Team meets once a week to create and print designs on Petroglyph’s 3D printers. The 4th and 5th grade students on the SWAT Team know safety procedures, care, and operation of the 3D printers. They’ve even unboxed and set one up themselves. Before working with the 3D printers independently, the GenYES students must become certified to use the printers by GenYES Facilitator Tia Turner.
The GenYES students at Petroglyph create 3D designs using the website Tinkercad. They capture drawings and turn them into 3D artworks, and create models of buildings, objects, and characters to print. Petroglyph’s talented students have even presented their work at district technology conferences in Albuquerque Public Schools.
The GenYES SWAT team at Petroglyph has turned their 3D print club into a full-fledged business. At Petroglyph’s print shop, called Printoglyph, the SWAT Team sells printed designs to their peers. Inventory and profit is tracked via spreadsheets, and 20% of the profit is donated to the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation. The students work in shifts at the print store on Thursdays and Fridays to sell designs for 50 cents or more, depending on the design’s complexity.