4 New Ways to Integrate 3D Printing in the Class to Make Learning Fun
This school term is a great time to introduce 3D printing into the lesson plan. It’s been proven that students have a harder time focusing during the winter, according to a scientific study published by Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. Concentration takes a nosedive during the winter months, which is why it is crucial to keep the lessons interesting during this period.
The benefits of 3D printing to education are immense. As we’ve talked about in a previous blog post, 3D printing encourages students to be active participants and learners while also making difficult subjects such as STEM more enjoyable.
3D printing is not just for STEM, they can be used for a wide range of subjects. If you want to start incorporating 3D printing into the curriculum, here are 4 ways to do it.
3D printing & design in English class
Make fiction stories come to life with 3D printing. With 3D printing, teachers can create fictional objects from books so that it will be easier for the students to envision them. Students can design their own versions of the objects as well.
In addition, teachers can create puzzles and games that students can solve to make hard concepts easier to understand.
3D printing in History class
Students can have a virtual tour of ancient buildings right at the palm of their hand with 3D printing. Print ancient structures and artifacts and topographical maps and make your students feel as if they traveled back in time. You can find various templates of these designs on All3DP and Pinshape.
3D design in Art class
There is nothing like 3D printing technology to get the creative juices of the students going! Let them create various designs on the CAD software. For schools that have a limited budget, their works do not need to be 3D printed. They could just be printed out on paper.
They could also create various items such as jewelry pieces, musical instruments, figurines and more.
3D printing & design in STEM class
3D printing technology presents endless learning possibilities in STEM classes. Difficult-to-grasp concepts such as DNA/RNA, fractions, and the Menger Sponge can be recreated via 3D printing. 3D printed figures can help students visualize these concepts better. It can also foster participation as they can create their own models.
Learning is fun when 3D printing is incorporated into the lesson plan
3D printing technology revolutionises education and makes it easier for students to focus, learn, and participate in lessons. 3D printing is an expensive investment and not all schools can afford it.
However, it is still possible to use the technology without buying a 3D printer on your own through outsourcing. With our 3D printing services, you can have us print your 3D print designs at a fraction of the cost of a new 3D printer. On the other hand, if your school is interested in buying your own 3D printer, you can browse through the best 3D printers in Australia here. Schools can also get a pack of free filaments samples for schools here.