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K12 District Research Project

February 2014 Update

The Fab Lab Open House and ribbon cutting will be held on Thursday, February 20th from 4:30 to 6:00 p.m. at Fulton High School, 1 Hornet Drive, Fulton, Missouri.

How is the Maker Movement and 3-D Printing having a positive impact on the economy? This article provides some current figures.

December 2013 Update

Fulton's project is mentioned in an article about patenting inventions in the December 2013 Columbia Business Times.

August 2013 Update

One of the first activities to occur as part of the research project was a site visit to the Fab Lab at the Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy (IMSA) by staff from MOREnet and Fulton 58 in early August. "Even though IMSA was still in summer recess, we were fortunate to be able to meet some of their student robotics team. IMSA has already integrated project-based learning into their pedagogy and there was a clear sense of student ownership of both the Fab Lab space and the projects," David Drum, Research Manager for MOREnet reports. "While the team participates in the FIRST Robotics™ competitions, they spent more time talking about a Microsoft kinect™ - a controlled robotic arm developed to assist the previous school director, who was diagnosed with Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS)."

The Microsoft kinect device is in its fourth prototype and a graduate of IMSA continues to pursue the project in college.While at IMSA the research team also was able to visit the MIT Center for Bits and Atoms’ Mobile Fab Lab, which was visiting Aurora, Illinois’ SciTech Museum. They witnessed a steady stream of school-age children watching demonstrations of its 3-D printer, laser cutter, and vinyl cutter, and experimenting with 3-D modeling software.

June 20, 2013:

We received 24 research project proposals from K-12 district members wanting to partner with MOREnet on this exciting research endeavor. Proposals will be reviewed and finalists will be announced the third of July. The K-12 partner district will be announced on the 19th of July. Thank you to all who submitted a proposal!


MOREnet’s purpose is to be a trusted partner to its members for technology, innovation and support. To meet this purpose we are constantly researching and exploring new technologies, processes and solutions to help our members adapt and succeed in this rapidly changing technology environment.

MOREnet is looking to partner with a visionary K-12 member district to improve student performance through the adoption of technology-enabled, student-centered learning. The partnership will work to remove technical barriers and adopt, adapt and create a set of services to support the changing pedagogy and resources adopted or created by the district.

MOREnet has budgeted up to $400,000, over a three-year period, to support the research project with the school district selected for the partnership. Our goal at the end of the project will be to demonstrate the ability to enable districts to measurably improve student performance in a sustainable environment through the development of practical approaches to transforming and supporting school districts engaged in student-centered learning practices.

Interested districts should submit a proposal describing the vision the district wants to pursue and how it best meets the criteria of the research project. To learn more about the research project and the proposal submission guidelines download the solicitation project document below.

District Research Project Solicitation

Please use the District Research Project Proposal Template when responding to the project solicitation.


K-12 member district partnership proposals are due no later than Friday, June 14.

Project Schedule

Year 1 (2013)
April 15 MOREnet to publish solicitation, project schedule and evaluation criteria to districts.
June 14 Partnership proposals are due from districts. Partnership proposals are evaluated based on the evaluation criteria below.
July 3 Finalists selected. Meetings with finalists scheduled to ensure understanding of the Partnership Proposal.
July 19 Project partner district selected. Research project planning begins.
Sept. 4 Research Project year 1 plans finalized and begin implementation.
Year 2 (2014) 
May 30 Evaluate year 1. Research Project year 2 planning for summer implementation.
Sept. 2 Research Project year 2 plans finalized and begin implementation.
Year 3 (2015) 
May 29 Evaluate year 2. Research Project year 3 planning for summer implementation.
Sept. 1 Research Project year 3 plans finalized and begin implementation.
End (2016) 
May 27 Evaluate project. Publish final results.