PrintLab Partners

Canadian Teacher

PrintLab Pioneer

How my Students use 3D Printing

We use 3D printing in many different ways in our classroom. We began with using it as a way to help the students understand shape and space, then we moved on to designing and prototyping assistive technology. From there our projects became more inventive, and we used 3D printing to design inventions that could help people. In addition to many of the other lessons in PrintLab classroom, students designed projects to expand their critical thinking, problem solving and design skills to meet the needs of their community and develop their entrepreneurial spirit. 

The Importance of 3D Printing in Education

Students today are the leaders for tomorrow. It is imperative as educators to equip our students to not only work towards solving today's problems; we must also give them opportunity to identify tomorrow's problems, and dream up tomorrow's solutions.  3D printing is an avenue for students to develop practical skills in creating new solutions to better help their communities now, and for the the future. 

My Thoughts on PrintLab Classroom

PrintLab Classroom is an easy-to-use and user-friendly interface that provides lesson plans, tutorials and curricular connections to educators. It is well organized and provides many opportunities for educators to adapt the lessons and projects to their needs, extend projects to challenge students and to be creative!  

My Advice for Teachers Getting Started with 3D Printing

My advice is to just jump in! It can be intimidating at first, but PrintLab Classroom's ease of use, detailed lesson plans, and projects that teach the basics will help anyone interested in getting started with 3D printing. Its amazing to see how engaged and excited the students are and how many skills they learn from this experience! 

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