Category Archives: Our class

Way to go Electa A. Lee Magnet MS. #ArtsEdWeek

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September 17, 2016 at 08:39AM
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July 28, 2016 at 05:02PM

NSTA STEM conference. Lorenzo’s Teeterboard #STEMforum @Manateeschools

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July 28, 2016 at 01:58PM

Clowning around #STEMforum

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July 28, 2016 at 01:03PM

Lorenzo’s teeterboard #STEMforum

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July 28, 2016 at 01:03PM

Just finished presenting. #STEMforum

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July 28, 2016 at 01:02PM

Summer Arts Enrichment Camp. The Many Faces of Florida. Chihuly inspired art installation. @Manateeschools

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June 29, 2016 at 01:22PM

Summer Enrichment Camp – “The Many Faces of Florida.” – Chihuly, Butcher,Cortezians,DeSoto. Lost in the River of Grass @Manateeschools

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June 20, 2016 at 06:47PM

Thanks @TJMcCue Can’t wait to #gomakestuff with my HP Sprout. #manateeschools

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May 17, 2016 at 01:28PM

Challenge students to think deeply!SOS:Connect-Extend-Challenge #SpotlightOnStrategies @Manateeschools @digiduchess

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May 10, 2016 at 07:37PM

8th graders are “Stuck in the Eighties” #breakoutedu

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April 27, 2016 at 01:34PM

What better way to teach adaptions? #sharkweek #sharksrule

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April 18, 2016 at 02:45PM

Exciting things coming to Room 115 #manateeschools

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April 10, 2016 at 03:39PM

Lee Middle School – STEAM Night Tues. March 15 6-8 – Cafe featuring Fairy Tale Engineering. #manateeschools #STEM

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March 11, 2016 at 10:39AM

ozobot fun. #makethemlearn #science fun

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March 02, 2016 at 10:39AM

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February 25, 2016 at 08:18AM

Making science fun. #makerspace #making stuff #makethemlearn

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February 18, 2016 at 10:41AM

STEAM Club at Lee Middle #makestuff #makerspace #manateeschools

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February 18, 2016 at 08:47AM
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February 18, 2016 at 05:57AM

May the force be with you #HourOfCode

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December 07, 2015 at 10:47AM

Ghost rockets #makerspace #makelearningfun

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November 04, 2015 at 07:05AM

Ghost rockets #makerspace #makelearningfun

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November 04, 2015 at 07:05AM

More Punkin Chunkin catapults #STEAM #makerspace #makelearningfun

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November 04, 2015 at 06:59AM

Punkin Chunkin #STEAM #makerspace #makelearningfun

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November 04, 2015 at 06:58AM

Rube Goldberg machines. #makingintheclassroom

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October 17, 2015 at 09:59AM

Why I love my school. Lee Middle School celebrates Arts in Education week – Bradenton Herald -… via @YouTube

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September 16, 2015 at 05:43PM

My class mentioned in Harvard Business Review.

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September 16, 2015 at 07:06AM

Dot Day 2015


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Maker Faire Orlando

Tracie Belt, Terry Conk and I went to the Maker Faire in Orlando on September 12, 2015. Lots of fun, hands on things. Exciting to see all the makers showing off their stuff.


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James Alday – 3D Printer Extraordinaire

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Inventor of Qubits


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September 15, 2015 at 04:02PM

REALISE Soundscapes: Preserve Audio Memories with 3D Printed Souvenirs –

What is the soundtrack to your life? Whether it’s the hum of traffic, the clickclack of a backlit keyboard, or the din of a bustling storefront, you proba

Source: REALISE Soundscapes: Preserve Audio Memories with 3D Printed Souvenirs –

Forbes Article – Technology and Social Change

TJ McCue gave a special shout out to Electa A Lee Magnet Middle School Students

What we’ve been printing

Here are some of the things we’ve been printing.

May 8, 2015

Log Entry May 8, 2015

Going to place an order for a duel extruder and more filament.

April 28, 2015

April 28

Students have been printing – (in between taking state assessments.)

Check out some of their work…





March 5, 2015

3/5/15 – Maker Challenge

During the month of February, I challenged my students to make something. They had 30 days to build, draw, paint, create anything they wanted. I had 3 students pass in their creations on the last day of the month.



Instagram Cubes By: Sabrina D.



Melted Bead Window Hanging By: Jada R.


Block Calendar By Sophia L.

Welcome to my page

It was recently suggested to me by my friend and 3D enthusiast, TJ McCue ( that I create a web page to chronicle my adventures with 3D printing with my 7th and 8th graders in my science classroom.

This is a work in progress so please forgive me since I will be starting this process from about a year ago when I first discovered that 3D printing would have a place in my classroom. I welcome you to follow along with me and my students as we embark on our  3D journey.



I was trying to remember when I first got the wild idea that my classroom needed a 3D printer and I think it all started at FETC 2014. Usually this is a time when I am completely overwhelmed with new tech and a million ideas of how I am going to incorporate all these new things into my classroom. My friend, fellow teacher and Discovery Education DEN STAR, Tracie Belt told me about all of the great things her librarians were doing at their school, Shorecrest Prep in St. Pete Florida. Check them out at:

I knew that I needed to find a way to get a 3D printer for my classroom. With all of the budget cuts our district was facing, I knew I would have to find my own funding. I wrote my first grant, 3D printing – Science, not Science Fiction and was awarded $500 through the Manatee Education Foundation Cash for Classroom Grants

Although $500 is a great start, I knew I would need more money and more information about how 3D printing would have a positive impact on my students’ learning.

Then out of the blue, my college roommate, Amanda Keniston of 3/Thirds contacted me on Facebook on September 19, 2014.

Amanda told me about TJ McCue and his 3DRV project and that TJ was going to be touring in Florida in the next few days. I checked out TJ’s blog and posted on the 3DRV Facebook page that they needed to swing by my school.



Well, by some miracle, TJ McCue, his wife Susan and son Joshua took a detour in their 3DRV and headed to Electa A. Lee Magnet Middle School in Bradenton.

Over 350 students filled the cafetorium and were completely enthralled for over an hour as TJ and his family told us about their 3D journey. From that point on, we were hooked…


DECEMBER 16, 2014 – Set up and First Print

Set Up and First Print

Needless to say I was super excited to set up the printer and start playing with it. I read the directions at home and figured out a good place to set up the printer in my classroom. I knew I needed a place where it was visible but not distracting and on a surface that was level and wouldn’t get bumped which could mess with the calibration.

I found a corner near the area in my classroom I dedicated to my “FAB LAB” Maker Studio. The printer fit perfectly, there was an outlet nearby and the printer would be in a place where students could access it if they were going to print, but out of the way so class could run without it being a huge distraction – I still have to teach science content after all.

I started setting up the printer at 9:30 and was done by 11:30 – I wanted to make sure that everything was calibrated and that I had read everything before I started printing.


I did have to call customer support twice before I started printing successfully.

The first time I called was because I wasn’t sure of the voltage setting. I didn’t want to plug the printer in an then have it explode because I didn’t have the settings correct. I called the number listed on the directions and spoke to a REAL LIVE PERSON!! The support person, Brent, was very helpful and didn’t make me feel stupid with all of my questions.

The second time I called (and again spoke with Brent) was because I was having trouble with the settings. I decided to use ABS filament and although the directions told me the temperatures, I was having trouble with getting the filament to stick to the bed. Brent gave me suggestions to help with my problem and I ended up using a gluestick to help get the first layer of filament to stick. Apparently hairspray and Acetone work too – but all I had on hand were gluesticks so I decided to try that.

After taking a break I was ready to print. I downloaded an octopus from the Lulzbot site and started my first print at 2:00 –



This is my finished product – about 2 hours later. Not bad for my first print.

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Here are some videos of the printer in action.

December 15, 2014 – Look what came in the mail

Look what came in the mail today!!! So excited. Time to read the directions and see how to set this thing up!





December 10, 2014 – Order Placed

Ordered my Lulzbot Taz printer today.

I contacted Lulzbot to get a quote and they were very quick to reply and answer any questions that I had.  Now the hard part…waiting for my new printer to come in the mail.

November 18, 2014 – Lulzbot Taz

LulzBot TAZ 4 by Aleph Objects, Inc. awarded “Most Maker Machine” by Make: magazine

Open Source Hardware Enables High Performance
3D Printing and Respects User Freedom

This press release (along with a great recommendation from a friend) helped me decide to purchase the Lulzbot Taz 3D printer.

Check out the press release below…


Here is a link to Lulzbot’s site:

November 17, 2014 – Terra Grant



November 17, 2015

Just received a latter that I was awarded a TERRA Grant in the amount of $3000!!! This second grant will allow me to purchase a 3D printer and supplies for my classroom. Now to decide which printer to buy…

November 2014 – TJ McCue’s Blog Post

Thanks to TJ McCue for this Awesome Post!


October 2014, 3DRV Blog Post

3DRV Blogs about Visit to Lee Middle

TJ McCue Visits Electa A. Lee Magnet Middle School – Bradenton FL

Joshua, TJ, me and Susan in front of the 3DRV3D RV


Mr. Cooper, my Principal and I.

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Joshua’s mini 3DRV Blog

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Check out TJ’s blog entry about his visit —–>


Bay News 9 Interview