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The best ways to teach children about 3D printing

The best ways to teach children about 3D printing

It’s no secret, there are numerous benefits of using 3D printing in education. This revolutionary technology is set to become one of the primary tools of the future. In the same way as computers changed the world, 3D printing will likely be a major element of every industry on the planet. This means it’s more important than ever to teach our children about this nascent technology and what it will mean for them.

Teaching children about the subject of 3D printing is already being experimented with in different forms. In recent post from PD Models we discussed 3D printing and schools, particularly regarding the increased accessibility to 3D printers and how 3D printers can help children become more excited about STEM fields:

“Boys and girls hungry to learn about engineering now have a growing opportunity to learn the practical side of things. Principally, they have a chance at hands-on experience that was once impossible. With the relative low cost of entry-level 3D printers (which can range from around £500 to £1000) schools and education bodies are seeing the potential of acquiring them. This in turn will get students enthusiastic about STEM fields.”

The main drive for teaching children about the benefits of 3D printing is that it can increase interest and enthusiasm about a range of subjects, from art to history, mathematics to biology. The standard curriculum may be due a dramatic transformation.  

Teach Boldly

Teaching children about 3D printing has been discussed for the past few years, whether it’s teaching young school students or those in secondary education. Teaching resources on this subject include lesson plans for grade 1 (reception in UK) students. Ranging from simplistic birthday cards the children can create for parents, to library bag characters - offering a broad and immersive experience for each student.

A recent article by The Tech Advocate explores several intriguing lesson plans to teach children, blending art, science, and engineering disciplines. There are now dozens of ways in which teachers can help to jumpstart children's interest in 3D printing.

3D Printing Accessibility

There’s no longer any excuse for schools not to get children engaged with the basic and broader concepts of 3D printing. As teacher Philip Cotton writes in STEM:

“The scope for designing and experimenting in 3D printing is vast. Students learn that it’s ok to make a mistake and this provides valuable learning opportunities in how to solve design problems. Also every year that my students have embraced 3D printing, GCSE results have increased and option numbers have skyrocketed.”

3D printing in education is a truly exciting concept, and may alter the way students of all ages learn and relate to a subject.

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