GRANTS IN PLACE UPDATE: Chester, South Dakota

January 10, 2019 |

School-based 3-D printing "industry" at Chester Area Schools Chester, South Dakota

Cheryl Deelstra’s “Rustic Acres in School Enterprise (RAISE)” received a $950 Grants in Place award to establish a school-based 3-D printing "industry" at Chester Area Schools that brings people and generations together in the unique Hutterite Colony, Chester, South Dakota. Students will participate in a wide variety of STEM-based learning and experiential activities. This grant was part of the Growing Better Together initiative, co-sponsored by Dakota Resources.

We are pleased to provide the following update from Ms. Deelstra:

“We printed our first magnet today! We ended up using the Matter Control program which came with the printer. Our IT person had given us SketchUp but we were not able to get it to work with our printer. My students will all be learning to use the Matter Control program once it is installed. It may take a while. They learned a lot using SketchUp so that should make the transition to Matter Control smoother and I think it's easier to use. They were getting frustrated with it but that's all part of learning.

Today's trial run was a prototype made by Jethro, a 6th grader, and is for a business called "Waggers Inn". It was very exciting and pumped new enthusiasm into the business. Thanks for your support!”

Thanks again to Dakota Resources, a regional economic development organization based out of Renner, SD, Jim Beddow, and Mike Knutson for supporting Grants in Place in South Dakota.

We invite you to learn more about our 2018-19 Grants in Place program! Also, we encourage you to check out our web section on the value of place-based education.

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