In 2017, Normal West and Normal Community High School math departments were awarded the $10,000 Beyond the Box Grant from the Beyond the Books Educational Foundation.
Title of Project: Taking Mathematics to the Next Dimension – Rethinking Common Core with 3D Design, 3D Modeling and 3D Printing
Target of the Project: Teachers will build 3D printers and learn to use CAD software to teach mathematics concepts from an entirely new approach.
Project Description: This project will not only allow mathematics teachers to teach students about the design process, but will also give students opportunities to refine various life skills such as collaboration, problem-solving, and perseverance while developing 3D literacy skills. Teachers will build 3D printers and learn to use CAD software to teach mathematics concepts from an entirely new approach. An intensive professional development 3-day training program will allow four math teachers to build a 3D printer (to keep for their school) and learn how to operate and maintain it; and a 1-day CAD workshop for ten teachers who will learn how to use software to design real world problem-based math lessons to gain the necessary skills to help empower today’s students to become the innovators of tomorrow.
Training Site: Open Source Classroom
Class Activity Description Pictures Algebra 2
3D systems of equations - visualizations and design
visualizing conic sections
Geomtery exploring transformations of polygons using CAD software STEM Trigonometry battlebots, rocket design, robotic arm, miniature golf course design AP Calculus solids of revolution Other In Honors Algebra 2, students were given an opportunity to do a project about something they were passionate about - a "Genius Hour" project. One student made a 3D printed wheelchair for a disabled pet. Another student designed a mug, plate, and a bowl he cuold use while camping. And another student created a new game and designed all the pieces - a 3D tic-tac-toe game. Teacher Training Teachers from Normal West and Normal Community attended a 3-day workshop where they built a 3D printer for each school.