3D PRINTING IN THE CLASSROOM
The exciting world of 3D printing is moving into the classroom as we look to embrace future technologies in our teaching and learning environment.
There is so much you can do with a 3D printer that will inspire and delight both pupils and teachers and really be a talking point at school.
Pupils love to design objects and seeing them come to life in a 3D animation, for example has always been an exciting prospect. Now, we move to the next level and pupils can actually hold their designs in their hands! The possibilities are endless!
Pupils can work together to design and correct mistakes as they perfect their creations.
Here are just a few ways 3D printers are being used in classrooms around the world…
- Pupils are recreating historical artefacts that they can then pick up and examine
- Science, pupils can print out molecules or organs
- Complex mathematical concepts can be printed out to make them more visual and easier to understand
- In Geography, topography, demographic or population maps can be created
- Create moulds for food products and then using them
- Design and print buildings or creating pottery
There is even a bank of designs online ready to download and print!
Check out http://www.thingiverse.com for inspiration!
A lot of schools are starting small and investing in a clever 3D pen to get a taster of all things 3D! You can purchase them for less than £100 at http://www.maplin.co.uk/p/3doodler-3d-printing-pen-n00ds
A great way to give 3D printing a try in your classroom without the cost of purchasing all the equipment. Contact us to find out more!