I'm a middle school STEM teacher in Lake Geneva, WI. Our STEM initiative is very well supported by my district, and I consider myself very fortunate. I've been teaching STEM classes for three years after being converted from a Science teacher. The past few years have been about building up equipment, of which I have 5 Dremel 3D Printers, 1 Structure 3D Scanner, 1 Base and Form Stationary 3D Scanner, an Epilog Laser Cutter, a Roland Vinyl Cutter, a classroom set of laptops, 10 small soldering iron stations and equipment, a few chop saws, and various hand tools. Again, I realize I'm very fortunate. I'm at the point now though, where I want to keep kids excited about the FabLab and Design classes I teach, while getting them ready and excited for classes they'll be offered in HS. I feel like I'm at a crossroads-Do I keep adding new equipment (like a CNC router) and move into new areas (like electronics) or do I just develop what I have more and keep building that up? My curriculum is completely flexible in my FabLab course. I'm always looking for new things to add, tweak, and improve, but I'm having a hard time zoning in and focusing on a long term vision. Does anyone have any suggestions?
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