CAUGHTCHA BEING GOOD!
The Starr Family
When Donna and Don Bedtelyon count their blessings during these challenging days, living next door to the Terry Starr family tops their list. Don’s newly diagnosed Dementia has changed the couple’s pattern of living, but according to Donna, the unequalled kindness and concern of Terry and his family takes away a lot of stress regarding jobs she and Don can no longer do, raking, mowing, snow plowing to name a few. Recently, a windstorm took a piece of roofing off the Bedtelyon’s house and Terry climbed the ladder and fixed it after he put in a full day of work. “Our heartful thanks to Terry and all the other good people who care about and help our seniors,” Donna said
ER Schools program receives 3D printer
Students and teachers in the Elk Rapids Schools’ Native American program were thrilled to receive their new 3D printer last week from Newton’s Road Northwest and the Elk Rapids Rotary Youth Services team. “Having the printer will enhance students’ creativity and imagination.” said teacher Monica Willis. “They will gain skills which can be applied in the real world and careers they choose in the future.”
The students and teachers will become experts in the operation and design of 3D printed objects in their program classroom at the high school and then share their new skills and services across the schools. Tom Vranich of Rotary had a project idea already in mind: “Could you make miniature houses for our model of Elk Rapids at the Historical Society?” The students noticed that some parts of the 3D printer itself were 3D printed! Indeed, design of custom and replacement parts are a common usage of this technology.
Also known as additive manufacturing, real-world skills such as problem-solving, design thinking, CAD (computer-aided design), prototyping, and operating procedures can be learned and reinforced doing project-based learning using 3D printers – and practice teamwork and communication as well. These are high demand skills in industry and can lead youth to interest in many other satisfying, well-paid careers such as manufacturing technicians, programmers and engineering.
Which is why Newton’s Road Executive Director, Barb Termaat, wrote an ER Rotary Good Works grant. “Newton’s Road has supported learning integrated STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) skills using 3D printers for years. We found that too often they sat idle the majority of the time. Hence we’re experimenting with a new approach by having a group of teachers and youth become an ongoing center of shared expertise for the district and community.”
Robin Vanderkaay of the ER Rotary Youth Services program, states that “The students are super excited to get going on the project and it was fun to listen to all their ideas and share in their enthusiasm. The possibilities are endless!”
Termaat, a resident of Elk Rapids, is a former STEM teacher and curriculum development leader. “Piloting programs in our community has been a very satisfying aspect of my work with Newton’s Road. Our STEM Kits in Regional Libraries program with the Traverse Area District Library will be active in 10 smaller libraries by the end of December. Working with leaders at the Elk Rapids Rotary, Library, Schools, and Chamber of Commerce among others organically developed into a Community Liaison model. Newton’s Road was recently awarded an Impact100 TC grant for $105,000 to expand this model to communities across our 5-county region. “I want to thank everyone for the Good Works accomplished together thus far and for future possibilities!”
The Newton’s Road Northwest (newtonsroad.org) regional STEM hub includes the STEM Finder, STEM Calendar, STEM at Home activities and most recently, the Career Investigator. Don’t forget to check out STEM Kits for free at our ER Library –These great activities supplement classroom, virtual and home school learning.
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