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Pine Tree High School first East Texas high school with 3D printer

Alexandra Carter

POSTED: Monday, April 28, 2014 - 4:15pm

UPDATED: Monday, April 28, 2014 - 5:21pm

A 3D printer may sound futuristic, but for STEM (Science Technology Engineering Math) students at Pine Tree High School,  the future just met the present.

Pine Tree is the first high school in East Texas to have a 3D printer.

Faculty member Allen Morris says as our world becomes more and more centered on instant gratification, 3D printing is keeping students focused.

" A student can enter class, have an idea and perhaps by the end of the class period..leave the class with a tangible item in his or her hand of--"this is what i thought of this morning..and now it's in reality." 

Senior Drue Dehoff agrees.

 " It's very fun to do because when you get done ..You get to make what you want..then you get to take it home." 

Morris explains the process of creating a model to 3D print has students use skills from across the educational spectrum.

" It's the application of math, it's the application of chemistry..the application of's the application of language arts because they have to communicate their thoughts and ideas..they have to write proposals."

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