We are excited to announce the first winners of the DHF Perpetual Innovation Fund Prize, an initiative we launched in January 2014 to provide a free 3D printer and training to educators who plan to start a 3D printing youth enterprise at their school. Each educator-led youth enterprise that receives funding commits to paying forward a portion of the profits from the 3D printed objects they sell, so that another youth enterprise can also benefit!
The winners include 9 entrepreneurial educators from the greater Baltimore region, Northumberland Pennsylvania as well as the entire San Rafael School District in California, which is committing to train multiple educators in 3D Printing technology:
- Andrew Pham, Benjamin Franklin High School (Baltimore, MD)
- Benjamin Johnson, Maree Garnett Farring Elementary/Middle School (Baltimore, MD)
- Brian Hoffman, Roland Park Elementary/Middle School (Baltimore MD)
- Cindy Marcoline, Windsor Hills Elementary/Middle School (Baltimore MD)
- Elisabeth Gambino, Academy of College and Career Exploration High School (Baltimore, MD)
- Ian Snyder, Northumberland Christian School (Northumberland, PA)
- Jason Peinert, Leith Walk Elementary/Middle School (Baltimore MD)
- Lynn Patterson, The Academies at Frederick Douglass High School (Baltimore, MD)
- Ryan Hoge, Patapsco High School and Center for the Arts (Dundalk, MD)
- The San Rafael School District (San Rafael, CA)
We received applications from across the country – from rural New York to California – and these winners stood out as strong passionate applicants who are teaching 21st century job skills to students!
In addition, we are also very excited to announce that Scott Dellosso of Perryville Middle School, the first educator to receive funding from the Perpetual Innovation Fund in a pilot program, had already paid-forward the entirety of his Perpetual Innovation Fund Investment! We literally believe that 3D printers can pay for themselves, and are excited to see youth enterprises like Perryville already putting that belief into action!
The Perpetual Innovation Fund is made possible thanks to the R.W. Deutsch Foundation and their seed support.
Applications are now open for the second round of the Perpetual Innovation Fund Prize, which will be open until May 15, 2015.
Know an educator and youth team that would be a great fit? Please visit this link to apply http://old.digitalharbor.org/perpetual-innovation-fund/