Welding Instructor Makes Fidget Spinners with a Purpose

NORTHWEST,Ark. -- - Fidget spinners  are one of the newest toy crazes and they are  made with the intention of keeping you focused and calm.

Now one local school teacher is making them with a purpose.

Mark Mansell teaches welding at NTI in Springdale. After one of his students suggested he make a fidget spinner he said it took off.  He said, "We had a student that came to us in my class and said, 'Hey, will you print me one of these  3D fidget spinners.'"

Mansell said, "Everybody in the class loved it, so we started printing them for everybody and then they said hey, why don't we start selling those for a fundraiser. "

He added that the fidget spinners are helping his students in and out of the classroom. "I noticed this on an online test that we were giving them and I gave all the student's fidget spinners and and they were all just concentrating,sitting quietly, taking their test and just spinning,"

Mansell now makes the fidget spinners at home using 3D printers and he gives a portion of his proceeds back to the school.  "It went to the Skills USA account to help our students go compete in a welding event down in Hot Springs."

The students are able to design their own fidget spinners through a design program, something they can take with them for their future careers. "It takes probably anywhere from 15- 30 minutes to design one, and then after that it takes about an hour to print one."

To contact Mansell for a fidget spinner you can contact him on his Facebook page, "Mark Mansell."


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