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3D Print Shop -- An NEF Annual Grant Story

Nothing is more exciting for students than to be able to actually hold in their hands something they've designed, sparking the imagination and engaging them in District 203's technology curriculum in a new and compelling way.

The "Mini Patriot 3D Print Shop" at Jefferson Junior High School brings a hands-on experience to Project Lead the Way students who before could only look at their ideas on paper, but now can make them real with a MakerBot Mini 3D printer.

Project Lead the Way is a leading curriculum for drafting. It incorporates computer modeling programs that professionals use, and teaches students skills and concepts that Jefferson Project Lead the Way teacher Rob Vanecek says he didn't learn until college. But now all those models that used to be just pictures on a computer screen can become real objects made right in the classroom with a 3D printer.

The Mini Patriot 3D Print Shop is a great example of how NEF grants can give the people in our district -- faculty, parents and students -- the chance to make an idea into a big idea.

Three eighth-grade students in Jefferson's after-school Computer Club decided to apply for an NEF grant after seeing how their designs could be translated from the computer screen into actual objects. They did careful research to find a printer appropriate for a middle school -- moderately priced, reasonable ongoing costs and closed sides so kids wouldn't stick their hands in it while it was printing.

NEF grants help make it possible to implement innovative programs like this which enhance the curriculum and create new educational experiences for our students.

MakerBot Mini 3D printer

Examples of 3D printing:

Click here to read more about
The 3D Print Shop

Through its Annual Grant Awards, NEF helps fund
inspirational enrichment programs created by
District 203 teachers, parents and students.

Each year, 30-50 grants are awarded in the categories of
Literacy, Math & Science, Fine Arts,
Health & Physical Development, General and Cultural Studies.

Learn more about NEF Annual Grants

What do Tina Fey, Amy Poehler,
Stephen Colbert and Vince Vaughn
have in common with you?

Chicago's very own iO Theater!

Looking for a way to forget about the snow and cold? How about an evening full of laughter and comedy including the talents of District 203 high school students? And at the same time, support a great cause*?

Well, this weekend we have "just the ticket"
for you!

Benefiting the
Naperville Education Foundation*

Including the talents of our own
District 203 high school students


Wentz Concert Hall
North Central College, Naperville

Cocktails 7 PM, Performance 8 PM
Light hors d'oeuvres -- Raffle -- Cash Bar

$65/person at the door

Purchase tickets online!

Sponsorship Opportunities

* Proceeds benefit NEF programs such as the Kid Booster Anonymous Fund supporting students and families who have essential needs; Study Skills Academy, before/after school program that gives students a boost with homework and learning strategies; Annual Grant Awards, competitive grants to teachers, students and parents who develop innovative projects that stimulate students’ engagement and learning experience; Breakfast Program, ensuring all of our young students start their day ready to learn; and Math Camp, for incoming 6th and 7th grade students focused on increasing confidence and building a positive attitude.

The Naperville Education Foundation (NEF) raises and grants funds for programs that enhance and enrich the educational experience of Naperville School District 203 students.

With the generous support of foundations, businesses, educational professionals and individual donors, NEF is able to provide financial resources that increase learning opportunities by supplementing the school district's budget. NEF encourages creativity, innovation and excellence in our students by helping to insure that every student can take advantage of opportunities to make the most of their education.

If you would like to donate online please click here.

If you have any questions, please contact Ann E. Spehar,
Executive Director, at (630) 420-3086 or

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