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3d printing education can benefit students

By Staff Writter

3d printing education can benefit students

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You have a computer question. You’re likely to ask your children or consult someone younger than you. Social Media managers are likely to be people in their 20s. Young people have been exposed to technology at an early age, and have an uncanny ability to quickly grasp the ideas and workings of software, computers, tablets, cell phones and social networking sites. It only makes sense to encourage them toward the new revolution in technology: 3D printing.

Suspend your visions of wearing 3D glasses at the movies or of the office copier. There are various methods and materials used in 3D printing, but the results are the development of three dimensional models that can be studied for educational purposes. The technology is beginning to take hold in many different spheres and 3D printing education is beginning to creep into schools

At a recent Science Sunday at the University of Alabama Museum of Natural History, visitors saw items such as fossils and a skull from Xiphactinus audax, a late-Cretaceous predatory fish. Children received interactive experiences and were able to color items and make a Xiphactinus kite. “3-D printing is a great way to bring multiple fields together,” said Jamey Grimes, an art instructor, who works with the UA 3-D printing lab. “It works on an educational level, like kids getting hands-on…as well as a full-scale research level, where the best way to study a specimen and to keep it intact is to use scans and models.”

At Abertay University in the United Kingdom, scientists are using 3D printing to research the structure of soil and interactions of living organisms below ground.

The benefits and uses of 3D printing in education were on display at the British Training and Technology Show in London.

At the upcoming Emerging Objects Exhibit at the 3D Printing World Expo in Burbank, CA, attendees will view the uses in architecture, medicine and more.

The cost of 3D printers is coming down. Ingram Micro Inc., the world’s largest wholesale technology distributor announced its U.S. Document Imaging business unit is now selling 3D printers for under $5,000

An article in Fast Company posits: Is 2014 the year you buy a 3D printer? It mentions an effort by some companies to place 3D printers in all public elementary, middle and high schools in the United States, approximately 100,000. It also mentions a Gartner report that sales of printers with a price tag less than $100,000 increased 49% in 2013, with an anticipated increase of 75% this year. Their appearance in homes is not too far off.

Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) are embracing the use of 3D printing in education. Barobo Incorporated released the Mobot Modular 3D Printed Robot last year to enhance instruction in STEM in middle and high schools. The neatness is that students can design, build and print new accessories and attach them to the robot to create a different robot. Robots can attach to other robots. Parts, instructions and curriculum materials are downloadable from the Barobo web site. In the process, students are being exposed to math, basic programming and manufacturing.

Last year, educators Sylvia Libow Martinez and Dr. Gary Stager published their book, Invent to Learn: Making, Tinkering, and Engineering in the Classroom, which discusses the ways to use technology like 3D printing to enrich the classroom experience. “…features advice on effective teaching strategies for project-based learning and meaningful STEM experiences for learners of all ages… (while it) combines theory, history, practical classroom tips, and countless resources, at its heart is a plea to place the child at the center of the learning experience. Schools may purchase the technology of the maker movement, but the greatest potential will be realized when creativity, construction, and children are the focus.”