What are my students and I currently creating with our 3D printers:
1. Game pieces and manipulatives to enhance student projects
2. Manipulatives to enhance student presentations such as homologous chromosomes, spacecraft prototypes, and various other engineered creations.
3. To improve the learning process for my students I have printed multiple models of things like chromosomes, animal structures to demonstrate relationships between organisms, and cellular models to illustrate the functioning of cellular structures.
As a result of participating in the webinar, I won a new FlashForge Finder from Kevin Hunter of Simplified Office Solutions. With the addition of the new printer, I plan to add the following projects to my curriculum:
1. Molecular models
2. Geologic formation models
4. Environmental awareness
a. green energy cars, turbines, etc
5. Astronomy models
1. Not only does a 3D printer allow for tangible results as listed above it will allow for a greater understanding of planning, design, engineering, and material science learning (many printers use different types of polymer filaments).
2. Lastly, it allows for greater student interest and inquiry through tangible results of their own creation.
a. I personally witnessed this when my 11 year old son designed and printed a 3D model of a Bromine atom.
b. The variety of insights gained by the design process, things such as the proximity of neutrons and proton in the nucleus vs the electron cloud, general problem solving just to get the object to print are incredibly powerful learning tools.
As with anything, there are challenges I have encountered along the way:
1. Troubleshooting the printer can be challenging because only one or two other teachers in the building using 3D printers.
2. The students want to print everything they find (I’ll take this problem over a behavior issue any day!).
3. Finding time to integrate all of the projects in a meaningful way with my curriculum.
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