(see also Community Library)
The District strives to support its curriculum and New York State learning standards through the library program. Students in Pre-K to 6 visit the library on a weekly basis to learn how to navigate and utilize print and online resources as well as to cultivate a love of books and reading. The library’s sophisticated technology and electronic access have led to its designation as a 21st Century Library by the New York State Board of Regents and the New York State Education Department.
After observing the workings of a 3-D printer and related software this past fall, Woodhull Elementary School students had a chance to design and print their own 3-D objects when the BOCES-owned MakerBot printer returned to the school this January.
The fifth- and sixth-graders in Gabrielle Donovan's intermediate class worked in teams using TinkerCad software to design the objects, in a project created and supervised by technology integration specialist Deborah Gerken.
Beginning with an empty 3-D plane, students used the tools of the software to create, manipulate and merge 3-D shapes in order to represent items such as a crocodile, a cannon and a pirate map. The software automatically converted the designs into instructions for the printer, which then extruded a continuous stream of molten polymer in layers in order to "print" the object in a process that can take several hours.
After examining their finished products for unexpected flaws, the students considered how they could account for the physical limitations of the printer in future designs.
Woodhull Elementary School students had the chance to learn about a cutting-edge technological resource - a 3-D printer - thanks to the Eastern Suffolk BOCES Library System.
During the demonstration, technology integration specialist Deborah Gerkin described the workings of the MakerBot Fifth Generation Replicator, which uses hot liquefied polymer to build 3-D objects by "printing" in layers. Ms. Gerkin also demonstrated the computer-aided design software that effectively gives the printer its instructions.
With the system set up in the school library, classes watched the machine build small plastic objects in a matter of minutes.