Monthly Archives: May 2015

BEF Grant: 3D Printer

With the help of the Burlington Education Foundation‘s grant program, Francis Wyman was able to purchase a 3d printer this winter. It’s an amazing new technology that allows users to take ideas that exist only in their head, print them, and hold those ideas in their hands.

replicator_default - EditedThis spring we’ve been focusing on workflow: what’s the best way for students to design on their iPads and then get print files to the printer. We’ve experimented with apps such as 123D Design, 123D Sculpt+, Blockify, and MakerBot PrintShop. Each has it’s pros and cons. Generally, the more advanced programs (123D Design and Sculpt+) allow you to do much more, but are more difficult to learn. Blockify and PrintShop are limited in their abilities, but are quick to learn – making them ideal for our younger students.

Here is some of what we’ve been up to:

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And when a few boys wanted to make medals for their mothers for Mothers’ Day, I just couldn’t resist.

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We’re about to start using the printer to help explore area and perimeter with third grade.

BEF 5K Road Race This Weekend!

On Sunday, May 31, 2025, the Burlington Education Foundation (BEF) is holding their 11th Annual “Exercise for Education” 5K Road Race and ½ Mile Family Fun Run at Burlington High School . Check-in for the event begins at 8:00am with the Family Fun Run beginning at 9:00am, followed by the start of the 5k which begins promptly at 9:30am.

Please visit BEF’s website for more information on the activities as well as online registration. All pre-registered participants are guaranteed a free t-shirt. NEW This Year – Chip Timing! – with instant results.

Run, Walk, Volunteer or join us as a spectator! Don’t miss out on this great community event or the chance to win a Grand Prize Raffle!!

BEF’s Mission is to channel donations from businesses and individuals to provide Burlington educators with an additional source of funding for creative and innovative curriculum enrichment programs. Help us make a difference in the Burlington Public Schools!