The Ocmulgee Regional Library System recently received a federal grant for the purchase of a 3D printer and Raspberry Pi. Thanks to this grant, the ORLS will be lending the printer and small computer to each school system in the region, and Wilcox County Schools was the first school to be able to use this exciting technology. Students and teachers alike have been amazed at the capabilities of the printer and the quality of the objects that have been printed.
The Raspberry Pi is a small computer board that has the potential for many uses, including a functional minimal computer system, a programmable base for robotics, a security camera, or a retro gaming system.
Using pre-designed 3D model files from Thingiverse, the printer has produced keychains, a USB cable organizer, a case for the Raspberry Pi that looks like a Super Nintendo Entertainment System gaming console, and models of various government buildings from Washington, D.C.
We at Wilcox County Schools graciously appreciate ORLS for allowing us to try out the 3D printer and Raspberry Pi. Technology such as this can help spark creative ideas in students that could lead to many innovative careers.