3D printing in education sector

Tell me and I forget,

Teach me and I remember,

Involve me and I learn  -Benjamin Franklin.

In recent years, three-dimensional, or 3D, printing technology has experienced rapid development. As the accessibility of 3D printing has increased, so has the quality of the finished products and the range of materials that can be used to do the printing.

An Educational Revolution

3D printing is beginning to revolutionize education for all students. Instead of using linear educational methods, teachers are no longer just transmitting information to students; instead, they are facilitating the learning experience. Educators are able to create a more engaging, hands-on curriculum that inspires children to learn. Concepts that have historically been difficult to grasp can be easily demonstrated with three-dimensional visual aids. Being able to use 3D printers to produce realistic looking, tangible three dimensional models create interactive class activities that keep students interested.

3D Technology at Young Ages

To make the most of 3D technology, it should be introduced to even young students. This is because preschool and young grade school children tend to learn faster. Even so, the technology should be applied at all grades and educational levels.3D printing technology can be updated to work for any grade level, depending on students’ knowledge and experience. Early elementary grade students will benefit from 3D models in subjects such as biology, in which the educator could make a model human organ. In history classes, educators can make exact replicas of ancient artifacts like arrowheads. The models facilitate tactile learning and the grasping of abstract concepts. The students also benefit from making their own designs, especially of historical structures.

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High School Learners

Because high school learners think more logically and critically about their designs, they can use 3D prints as part of the design and engineering process. In geography, for example, 3D printed models help students to visualize and understand terrain and geological features. Students can also begin creating their own 3D maps by obtaining the digital latitude, longitude and elevation markers of ground surface topography.

Source : Article adapted from  dated Dec 26, 2015

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