Finalists and winners - CHECK HERE FOR UPDATES

by mathgrrl

The schools listed at the bottom of this post were chosen as finalists this summer and have rolled into our pool of finalists for the December STEAM Giveaway that will follow the Thingiversity Fall STEAM Challenges (ThinkFun Expansion Set and Make It Loud!). We will add schools to this finalist list later this fall to increase to a total of ten featured schools.

Want someone to Donate a Printer to Your School?

For information on how to enter your school for finalist consideration, please read the Welcome Post. In fairness to those schools that have already been selected as finalists, any entries posted as comments to this topic will be deleted.

Looking to Donate a Printer to a School?

If you're looking for a school that would appreciate a donated 3D printer, this list is a great place to start; make sure to post here if you donate a printer to one of these schools, so that we can roll another deserving school into this finalist list.

Finalist Schools that Still Need a 3D Printer

Paine Primary School in Trussville, Alabama
A primary school with broad faculty support for adding a 3D printer to their Media Center in order to support a new Engineering Club for very young students in Kindergarden through second grade.

Walnut Grove Elementary School in New Market, Alabama
An elementary school library with a proven 3D-modeling track record in a rural community, looking to expand their bursting MakerSpace to help all their students prepare for future tech jobs in nearby Huntsville.

Synergy Alternative High School in East Hartford, Connecticut
A high school that has been using a loaned 3D printer to successfully challenge their students to think about how education, technology, and design can change themselves and enrich their community.

Manning Elementary School in Manning, South Carolina
A rural elementary school that is on a mission to use 3D-printed models to help convince their local government to convert the town’s now-vacant WalMart into a fun park for the community.

Waterloo STEAM Elementary in Monroe, Michigan
A new STEAM-based elementary school with a budding robotics program in Monroe, Michigan is looking to inspire a new generation of young engineers and designers to restore innovation and investment in their small town.

Schools that have already won a 3D printer (wooo!)

Lincoln Park High School in Chicago, Illinois
A high school that piloted a 3D printing and physical computing program in which students were trained to become design facilitators, working to roll out their curriculum to 1500 students in the upcoming school year.

Almaden Country School in San Jose, California
A middle school that has been running successful 3D printing electives with a printer borrowed from a parent; they are hoping to expand that program to full courses with their own 3D printer.

Georgia Connections Academy in Duluth, Georgia
A virtual charter school based in Georgia that wants to build a mobile 3D-printing lab that travel can travel around the state to bring hands-on STEM experiences to their community of 4,000 students.

Citrus Hills Intermediate School
A intermediate school that is welcoming a seasoned 3D modeler and teacher to their ranks, but needs a 3D printer of their own to support this new teacher's already established curriculum in design, science, math, and history using SketchUp Pro.

Illinois School for the Deaf
A residential school for the deaf whose students want to 3D print customized, fun cochlear implants and hearing aids; they have an audiologist, design and CAD educators, and IT support, and are ready to go.

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Official Legal Rules

by mathgrrl

OFFICIAL RULES as defined by MakerBot Industries, LLC (“Sponsor”).

“THINGIVERSE SCHOOL GIVEAWAY”: This Thingiverse School 3D Printer Package Giveaway start date & time and end date & time as outlined on website is Friday, 06/12/2015 at 12:00AM EST to Sunday, 7/19/2015 at 11:59PM EST. All entries must be received no later than 7/19/2015 at 11:59PM EST (“End Date”).

WHO MAY ENTER: The Thingiverse School 3D Printer Package Giveaway (the “Thingiverse School Giveaway”) is only open to United States K-12 schools (“School”) whose faculty member or administrator representative for this Thingiverse School Giveaway is age 18 and over at the time of entry (“Entrant”). Employees of Sponsor and their immediate families (spouse, parent, child, sibling and their respective spouses, regardless of where they reside) or those living in the same household (whether or not related), and their respective parents, affiliates, subsidiaries, prize suppliers, distributors and advertising and promotion agencies (collectively, “Thingiverse School Giveaway Parties”) are not eligible to enter or win.

Entrants acknowledge eligibility is conditioned on Sponsor verifying that Entrant is entering this Thingiverse School Giveaway on behalf of a valid education institution. This Thingiverse School Giveaway is subject to all federal, state and local laws and regulations and is void where prohibited, taxed, or restricted by law. Residents of Canada, Cuba, Iran, Syria, North Korea, Sudan, Myanmar (Burma), or other individuals restricted by U.S. export controls and sanctions are ineligible to participate. This Thingiverse School Giveaway is void in these countries and where prohibited or restricted by U.S. or local law.

THINGIVERSE GIVEAWAY ENTRY: To enter during the Thingiverse School Giveaway, Entrant must create a topic in the “Our School Needs a 3D Printer!” Group on Thingiverse before the End Date (“Thingiverse School Giveaway Entry”). Limit one entry per School.

Thingiverse School Giveaway Entry must be made by the Entrant only. Tampering with the entry process or the operation of the Thingiverse School Giveaway is prohibited and any entries deemed by Sponsor, in its sole discretion, to have been submitted in this manner will be void. In the event a dispute regarding the identity of the individual who actually submitted an entry cannot be resolved to Sponsor’s satisfaction, the affected entry will be deemed ineligible. Sponsor reserves the right to disqualify any entry for any reason, in its sole and absolute discretion.

WINNER SELECTION: Ten (10) Schools will be selected by Sponsor from all eligible entries received during the Thingiverse School Giveaway Period to be a featured School (“Featured Schools”). Five (5) of the Featured Schools will then be individually selected by each winner of the Thingiverse Summer STEAM Challenges on or about July 20, 2015 and each selected School will win the Prize defined below (“Winners”). Sponsor’s decision in all matters relating to this Thingiverse School Giveaway are final and binding in all respects. Odds of winning will depend on the number of eligible entries received during the Thingiverse School Giveaway Period.

WINNER NOTIFICATION: Winners will be determined after the End Date and announced on the Sponsor’s blog on no later than Monday, August 21, 2015. The phone number and/or email address indicated on the Entrant’s Thingiverse account will be used to contact the Winners. In the event the phone number or email address provided on the Thingiverse School Giveaway Entry is invalid, illegible, or is not that of the Winner, an alternate winner will be drawn at random from among all remaining eligible entries.

PRIZES: Winners will receive: (a) one (1) MakerBot Replicator Desktop 3D Printer (Fifth Generation Model) valued at $2,899.00 + tax USD, (b) two (2) MakerBot Smart Extruders valued at 350.00 USD + tax, (c) two (2) spools of MakerBot PLA filament, with a retail value of up to $100.00 + tax USD, and (d) one (1) year of MakerBot MakerCare valued at $350.00 USD (all four components collectively the “Prize”). Winners are solely responsible for all expenses, costs or fees associated with acceptance and/or use of the Prize, including without limitation, any taxes. A Winner is not a recipient of a Prize until Sponsor has verified him or her as an eligible winner. Sponsor will be deemed to have awarded the prize to a winner after it has been formally transferred and such winner will then assume full responsibility for the Prize(s). When shipping overseas, winners are responsible for any fees associated with taxes or customs. All Prize selections are at Sponsor’s sole discretion.

PRIZES DELIVERY: The Prize will be delivered to Winners at the address designated in the Entrant’s Thingiverse account and only if that shipping address is compliant with the shipping restrictions contained on Sponsor is not responsible for lost, delayed, or mishandled shipments. Sponsor is not responsible for incorrect addresses listed in the Winner's Thingiverse account or failure of delivery for any reason.

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-Prize is non-transferable and must be accepted as awarded. No cash or other substitution may be made. Subject to sufficient eligible entries, no more than the Prize listed above will be awarded. All federal, state and local taxes, where applicable, are the sole responsibility of the winner, who is also responsible for all fees, surcharges, and expenses not mentioned herein and associated with acceptance, award, enjoyment, and/or use of the Prize. Sponsor is not responsible for a winner's limitations that prevent acceptance or use of the Prize.

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Does anyone know how to get a 3D Printer Donated to a school?

by JacobBlumberg


I am a student at a school called the Field School. At our school we are all about learning in unique and innovative ways. I am a 3D printing lunatic. I stared the first ever 3D Printing club at my school, have worked for National Institute for Health (NIH) 3D print exchange, the US Navy, and have started my own 3D printing Buissness on 3D Hubs. I unfortunately can not continue my club this year because my school has said that unless we can get one donated it is not in the budget to do so. If there is no 3D Printer it is very difficult to get students Jazzed about 3D modeling because there is no end product. I was able to bring my 3D Printer in once which got them very excited about 3D printing, but this is hard to do for a couple of reasons:

  1. It is almost always in use.
  2. I take the metro to school everyday and because I am in Washington DC I got stopped by Anti-Terror cops asking me what I was carrying and had to get searched. (I rather not have to do that in order to teach kids about 3D printing)
  3. I do not want to have to leave the printer overnight to complete prints.

If you would like to learn more about our school here is the link for our website:

Any information anyone has I would be eternally grateful for,


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3D Printer Supplier to Schools

by narinder

We sell all types of printers and recycled filaments to schools, colleges and universities

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Field-Stevenson School Forest Park, Illinois

by gfinn

Our school needs a 3D printer! Our students are 1:1 using Chromebooks and use Tinkercad to design. Some students with access to a desktop use AutoDesk 123Design. Students are in grades 3 through 8 and are very excited to begin another year creating with Makerbot. We use the printer for student driven projects which allow students to create in a 3D environment. Students show off their work to the community and parents during an end of the year Challenge Night. We actually have worked our poor old 3D Replicator to death and need a new one...and we have a few rolls of filament still unused.
Can someone help to keep the magic of 3D printing alive for our students?

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Interlochen Arts Academy - Interlochen, Michigan

by InterlochenTechArtists

Interlochen is a small school of approx. 500 students that is dedicated to the study of the arts. Last year, a small group of students went to a competition where they had to design and print various things within a given time limit that met certain criteria, and they won a few trophies for it. With this new interest peaked, we formed the very first tech club this year - we are TechArtists. TechArtists are devoted to connecting artistry with technology because we recognize that there is an artistic subtlety in all of technology. We want a 3D printer so that we can continue to explore these subtleties. The 3D printer will be the first large addition to the maker-space that we are trying to create, which would be available for all students to use, through the club (which would also maintain the printer). Already, we have people asking us to print mouth pieces for their lower-brass instruments and even things like dance shoes.
TechArtists are currently learning how to use various 3D modeling tools such as Blender, TinkerCad, and AutoCAD. Once we become proficient with these tools, we plan to create things that will help students and teachers around campus, along with entering as many competitions as we can so we can keep learning and keep our skills sharp.
We have many pictures on Facebook at

We are very excited for this opportunity. Thank you!

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Handessaim high school from Hertzlya Israel needs a 3D printer!

by omerKariv

Hello, I'm omer from Handessaim (Engineers in Hebrew) high school from Hertzlya, Israel. Our school needs a 3D printer! Our school is a-non regional school for STEM subjects (science technology, engineering, mathematics) what means that students from all across Israel coming to learn in our high school. We have 10 different robotics teams in our high school! They are competing in the FRC, FTC & FLL competitions. Every year, our students sketch, design and build different robots and competing with them in national and international competitions. Last year one of our teams went to St. Louis, USA to the international robotics competition, and a nether team got the 3rd place in the Israeli robotics competition!

The FRC team (FIRST robotics competition team) gets only 45 days to build their robot every year. In that time the students are working day & night sketching, building prototypes, designing the robot, programing and at the end manufacturing the robot. All of this happening at our school's robotics lab. Our students are working with Solidworks threw all the building season of the robot (the 45 days). The students are working together to make accurate 3D sketch of the robot, and after that they manufacturing the robot with 2D drawings they produce. The students doing this all proses by them self's! Some of the students learning how to use Solidworks online and teaching the other students, and the year after that the students who know how to sketch and model in Solidworks teach the freshman students in the team, and so on.. We also got a mentor in the team who prefects in Solidworks and 3D printing who helps the students to learn using Solidworks.

Building a robot is a very expensive thing. Sometimes the students need to create parts in a very accurate way and we need to send the parts to a factory. This is very expensive, and this proses takes time that the student don’t have in the tight schedule of 45 days.
Our school is in Israel and we need to order a lot of components from the US we are already losing a lot of valuable time. Imagine how cool it could be if we could just print the parts in our own lab!

This is the 10th year the robotics programs are working in our high school. Our school graduates are going to the high-tech industry, and to the fields of engineering and science. We would love to be able to open the world of 3D printing to our students.

We have the knowledge, the motivation and dozens of students waiting to learn 3D printing! This is why our school needs a 3D printer.

Here is some of the cool things our students make:

The 2015's robot of the FRC team (cad & actual robot):

Video of that robot:

The 2014's robot of the FRC team (cad & actual robot):

Video of that robot:

Anather robot from 2014 (cad & actual robot):

More works the students are making with solidworks this days:

One of the teams:

Facebook page of some of the robotics teams in our school:

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Pleasant Grove High School - Sacramento CA



We would use this 3D printer in our Engineering Academy, which is essentially a school within a school. Our academy consists of 450 High School students and 3D printing is becoming a huge part of our curriculum. One of our focuses is on robotics. Both the programming and design of a robot to do a certain task. 3D printing is completely taking over our design. We currently have one 3D printer but we are trying to budget for another one. We have made robotic arms, wind turbines and weather stations this year alone. I feel my students are just scratching the surface of what we can do with this stuff.
Our students do currently use Autodesk Inventor to design their parts.
We are currently working on setting a system where students can submit their STL files online to me and I can print them and charge the student based on volume of their part. Once this system is in place I feel that this 3D printer will be used almost daily.

Colin Denney
Pleasant Grove High School
Sacramento, CA 95624

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The Lewis School- Youngstown, Ohio

by LewisSchool

The Lewis School is a specialty program focused on the needs of gifted learners from grades 3-8.
There are many after school programs that the school offers to their students. This year they started a 3D printing after school program.
The club focuses on design, slice and print. Working in teams or by themselves they are learning what 3D printing can accomplish. The afterschool program works with 123D Design as a CAD Software, but we also widen our software by using other available CAD software such as, Thinkercad, Google Sketch up, etc.
The club is always looking for fun activities to do, and we are currently working on the Think Fun Challenge on Thingiverse.
The reason this school deserves a 3D printer is because one of the main ways of understanding 3D printing is to print the designs out to see how they work, and if they don’t, students will learn about prototyping and redesigning.
The club is also going to be a part of a collaboration project within the area. The project is going to be to design a 3D printed map of the downtown area of Youngstown, Ohio. The Lewis School will be in charge of design the area around their school. This will include designing buildings, roads, trees, lights and landscaping of the surrounding area. It will be our goal to 3D print most of the pieces.
The printer would be put to great use as the Lewis School holds club twice a week. Besides holding a 3D printing club afterschool, the Lewis School also hosts a 3D printing summer camp. Last summer we held a week long camp, and this summer we plan to hold 2 or 3 camps.

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Coweta County, GA School District

by DiscoveryMAKERS

Discovery MAKERS has partnered with Coweta County schools in Georgia. We are bringing Makerbot into every school in Coweta County, then we will begin to reach every other county in the state, until all Georgia students have access to 3D Printers.

We currently have 10 Coweta County schools signed up for our programs, but we need your help to get equipment. We will be bringing Makerbot and LittleBits robotics into the schools every day for after school programs. The school district gets access to the equipment for no charge, which will help us reach more students. We believe that ALL students need access to 3D printers and robotics to prepare for the high tech world they're entering.

Coweta County has a strong interest in equipping their schools with 3D printers, and also to give their teachers a higher level of technology training for STEM. However, difficulty arises when you do not have trained staff. Discovery MAKERS is going to bridge that gap. We will show the schools that being trained on 3D printers is not necessary, they only need a desire to learn. With our after school programs, we will be employing teachers from each individual school, giving them a prime opportunity to become familiar with the equipment, so in the future, obtaining grants, or convincing administration that they could handle the equipment will be easier.

We will be in ten of thirty Coweta County schools by March 2016. We will be providing the equipment across the K-12 years, with a focus on elementary school. We should be in every school in Coweta by the end of 2017.

Our students will be using TinkerCAD and 123D.

"Inspire them to be anyone. Give them the tools to create anything. Watch in awe as they realize they can." - Discovery MAKERS

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Illinois School for the Deaf (ISD), Jacksonville−“Print it off!"

by ISDTigers

At a residential school, students learn, eat, play and socialize together 24/7, making it a life skill to learn to “Shake it Off” when faced with trivial life annoyances. What isn’t trivial for our students? Access to English. All students at ISD are deaf or hard of hearing, and 75% of the students benefit from using cochlear implants or hearing aids.

The annoying thing about implants and aids? They basically look the same and are void of character. The students’ solution? Customization with a Makerbot 3D printer! Fortunately, ISD has all of the supports in place for success with this project: a full-time licensed audiologist, a graphic design educator, a CAD educator, IT support, and numerous computer labs. Everything but the printer!

With a full academic program integrated with an array of career courses in the areas of food, clothing, woodshop, small engines and automotive, future directions with the 3D printer are limitless.

Watch this 45-second YouTube video and, like us, you’ll have music in your head saying it’s gonna be alright . . . Print it Off!

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