LETS: Prepare for the Future
With funding provided by a grant from Arkansas National Science Foundation EPSCoR, teachers will learn how to integrate emerging technology into their classrooms, inspire the next generation of leaders, and prepare tomorrow’s workforce to thrive in the new economy. There is no fee to attend and each registered teacher will receive free technology!
Professional development workshops & free technology
LETS: Prepare for the Future is a set of workshops led and facilitated by EAST in partnership with NSF EPSCoR whose mission is to strengthen research and education in the area of Science and Engineering in Arkansas. Workshops begin June 7th and are available to any teacher in Arkansas. Each registered teacher receives a free 3D Printer or Pi-Top! Registrations are limited to one session per teacher.
3D Printing Training Sessions
The Essentials of 3D Printing
How to Troubleshoot with Your 3D Printer
How to Use Your 3D Printer in the Classroom
Pi-Top Training Sessions
The Essentials of pi-top:
pi-top Roundtable 1:
pi-top Roundtable 2:
Meet your 3D Printing Trainer
Drew Wallis grew up in Arkansas and Pennsylvania, graduating from the University of Arkansas in 2010 with a Double Major in Communication and International Relations. He then became a licensed teacher and taught in the classroom for four years. Drew co-founded NWA3D, an educational 3D printing company that sold 3D printers to schools from 2015-2020. Having previously worked with Maker Made to develop a 3D printer, he became Maker Made’s 3D Printing Guru in the Fall of 2020. In addition to emerging technology and education, Drew has a passion for D&D, drumming, and biking. He currently lives in Fayetteville, Arkansas with his cat Spaghetti and calls the Hogs on a semi-frequent basis.
Meet your Pi-Top Trainer
Eli Phillips studied art, writing, and theater at Murray State University in Murray, Kentucky. He began developing educational content ten years ago through an arts enrichment program, before moving to Austin. Through programs with local museums and maker spaces, he has designed and taught classes for kids and adults covering topics like 3D modeling and printing, vector design, laser cutting, physical computing, coding, basic electronics, and more. When he isn’t making or teaching, he’s walking a German shepherd named Dr. Bert or eating more pizza than you’d imagine he could.