Hi, I am Michael Mun - a teacher with Edmonton Public School Board (Canada) and I have been working with 3D printing for the last two years when our school qualified for a pilot project in bringing 3D printers to primary schools. I use 3D printing in my classroom as well as lead the 3D printing club in our school. Scroll across to see some of my work and below are my opinions on 3D printing in education.
Students were to design and create a prototype of their invention as part of their business plan. This group designed a safer trampoline through Tinkercad. Students researched the cost of building one, how to market them, and thought of ways to best sell their product to customers.
As part of their studies of Alberta's history, students researched and studied how trading forts where built in the past. They researched what buildings would typically be found in these forts and used Tinkercad to freely design them, based on the skills they learned from their previous PrintLab projects. 3D models were printed, painted and then arranged in their fort.
Students designed and printed balloon dragsters as part of their studies of wheels and machines. The Balloon Dragster lesson from PrintLab was adapted and extended to further their study on the effects of different sized wheels and the optimal placement of axels. Also they looked at other ways to improve the design of the template.
As an extension to the assistive technology lessons students were to brainstorm other assistive devices that could help our community. After contacting a local long term care facility, the students learned that they are always looking for spoons that could help those with arthritis or other fine-motor needs. A student in my class then worked towards designing and printing a spoon that could work with minimal wrist movement. This is the first prototype of their design.
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