Millhopper Montessori School students compete in 3D printing challenge

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GAINESVILLE, Fla. (WCJB) – Students designed inventions that were out of this world for a 3D printing space challenge.Seventh and eight graders at Millhopper Montessori School in Gainesville participated in a 3D printing challenge.17 students participated in the challenge and were put into five groups with three or five students in each group.Students designed a 3D item of their choice which could be helpful for the International Space Station to use.The designs students created were:Thyone: a Moonway magnetic levitation trainCleanSpace: a zero-gravity showering system for astronautsCLEAN: a UV light cleaning compartmentSmartSpace: LunarArch habitat for astronautsMarsBox: Storage compartment for astronautsThe school hosted a series of virtual field trips with the Cade Museum for Creativity and Invention to assist them with their ideas.“This is new for the Cade and this is new for us but this might be the next step for education in what we’re going through right now,” said Millhopper Montessori School’s Science Teacher Sherilyn Farris. “Our virtual field trips and interacting in a virtual environment.”Farris said she admires the students’ determination to learn during the pandemic.“They’re so used to being able to work on something and then switch over …

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