Regardless of age, there are few things more satisfying than creating something from scratch. Transforming an idea into a real thing, from the conceptualizing and design phases to the actual building, has become easier with the introduction and spread of 3D printing.
Why Bring 3D Printing to the Classroom?
Think back to when you were a child. Like today’s young learners, you were curious and you loved seeing how things worked. You may have even dismantled things you shouldn’t have. 3D printing creates this culture of experimentation in the classroom. Students are given free rein to tinker and build things that they otherwise would not be able to. In other words, they are given the freedom to fail — without consequences — so they can make amazing projects.
As you implement this technology into the classroom, it’s crucial that you support this culture of experimentation and mix it with a healthy dose of collaboration. This will allow students to work together to solve each other’s problems in the design and execution process. After your students become comfortable, you can become less of an instructor and more of a facilitator — a project manager within the classroom.
As an educator, you can bring a new level of creativity into your classrooms using highly evolved 3D printing technology. This level of creativity is a great way to prepare your students for the future by helping them be active in creating today.
Five reasons to Bring 3D Printing to Your Classroom
- Introduce 3D Printing: Odds are high that your students are not immediately aware of 3D printing technology. It’s your job to get them excited about the technology so they are eager to dive right in. This is best done when you’ve thoroughly educated yourself. Start by familiarizing yourself with Autodesk’s very own open-source 3D printing platform.
- Let Students Submit Their Ideas: After you’ve gotten your students fired up about 3D printing, it’s time to gather ideas. Introduce a conceptualization assignment that empowers your students to flesh out their project ideas leading up to the design process.
- Oversee the Design Process: Lead your students through the design process. Help them build out sketches, or for younger students you can use Autodesk’s cloud-based 123D Catch solution that automatically turns any picture into a 3D model.
- Walk Students Through Printing Procedures: Now you get to help your students make their concepts a reality. Watch as their eyes light up as you begin to walk them through the printing process.
- Celebrate Your Student’s Successes: Celebrate the successes of your students’ new 3D creations. As you do, you will build a culture of collaboration and watch as your students flourish as they come up with new 3D innovations.
Want to bring 3D printing to your classroom? Curious how the Autodesk open 3D printing platform works? Check out 3D printing for yourself.