3D Printers In Schools
Teachers learning about 3D printing for schools
How important is it to support schools and teachers who want to integrate 3D printing? It is very important for student education. 3D printers in schools is the future. Unfortunately, a number of teachers would like to work with 3D printing, but the implementation is slow due to the lack of knowledge on the subject.
The introduction of 3D printers is new territory for both students and some teachers. In today’s times, the importance of having 3D printing knowledge in business degrees and in schools is already a being done. However, when it comes to the use of 3D printing in education, certain questions come up: Is 3D printing really catching on in education? Why should 3D technology play a role in children’s learning?
Here are 7 ways 3D printing can educate
1. Engineering class- print out prototype
2. Science class- design objects and find their center of gravity.
3.Cooking class– create molds for food products
4. Automotive shop class- print out replacement parts or modified examples of existing parts for testing
5. Chemistry class- print out 3D molecules model
6. Biology class-can print cells, organs, and other critical biological artifacts
7. History class– Research, design, 3D print, and decorate an ancient artifact or tool and write about its origins, use, and history.
What 3D Printers can do for children
3D printing technology gives students the chance to be creators. Instead of consuming other people’s ideas, they can become inventors who can create solutions for themselves. Given the right tools and support, what type of inventions could the school kids create on their own. Scientists and engineers are using 3D printing to enrich the world. Giving that knowledge and technology into the hands of young minds, they will create solutions for the world issues.
Learning all types of people skills like sympathy, compassion, and the ability to work with others. The next generation may very well come up with solution that no person has thought of at this point. The things a young mind can image is in definite. Other places around the world are already solving their community’s issues with 3D technology. 3D printing can become your visual aid while keeping teenage student interested enough to learn something new.
Designing and printing their own creations will stir creativity in each one of them. What you the teacher’s will find is how engaging a 3D printer can be, once the students are allowed to interact with it. Student will want to learn what is being presented and may find it even enjoyable. A great sense of accomplishment will probably come about in an art class. Watching their creations and their designs come to life will amaze and memorize the students as they learn.
Implementing 3D Printers into the class
1.What kind of 3D printer(s) is needed This depends on the classes where the printer will be used. If it is a history class, printing artifacts you will need a printer produce higher quality objects.
Manufactures offer several types of 3D printer that would have the best printing and use a higher quality material. Workshops could use several types of printer just depending on what the lesson plans will be on less complicated tasks, a smaller less sophisticated printer would do the trick.
2. How many 3D printers? What type of classes and how many students? Knowing this will determine how many printers.
3.Teaching a lesson plan What will the students use the 3D printer for? How often and for what classes?
4. Safety- Safety is rule number #1. Evaluating the safety of equipment to interact with children. What is the ratio to teacher student? How much interaction will student have?
You need to research printers. Deciding which one best fits with your schools’s budget and needs. Consider the ones that use (PLA) polyactic acid filament. Why? You ask.
The PLA filament is not toxic at all and biodegradable. Check the reviews on the printer you want to purchase and looking into its technical support.
After receiving your printer, set it up and get ready for use. In some case you will have to put printer parts together. However, if you don’t want that headache, look for one that is ready right out the box. YouTube is the greatest and as you know, for learning so much.
Go to YouTube to check for “How to videos” on your particular brand if you stuck on something you can not figure out. Trying out different modeling programs and decide which one works best for you. Do a google search for free source programs Some programs are targeted toward specific age group. Like you elementary kids, middle school and up students. A program called BlocksCAD you can use for younger students.
Thingiverse.com has a slew of lesson, projects and other information that can be downloaded. The information is for children of all ages. You will want to make sure understand the software and the printer itself before you allow the students to use it.
However, once you have, let the children create until their hearts are content. In certain case schools districts funding may be limited so researching grants for money to purchase these printers would be a good idea.
Using 3D printers in school will help the children to understand what they can do in the future. What they can make possible for their own communities.
Until next time….