Using TinkerCad and Thingiverse to design and create we have seen some amazing models, with Minecraft being a common theme amongst a dedicated group of year 8 learners who have set up their own roster system for using the printer.
I love watching young people engage in the design process and the self-directed learning it creates. Following the work of Dr Gary Stager, I have always been an advocate for young people learning through creation and the ‘trail & error’ learning that happens when young people are self-motivated. Having 3D printing as an extra curricular activity also allows these learners to explore mathematics, science, technology and art at their own pace and against their own interest.
One of the most rewarding experiences was helping a young Wiltja student from the Indigenous community of Yalta (1000km west of Adelaide) create a personalised, 3D printed mug. Watching this young person learn a new skill, which they developed and applied in a short space of time was really exciting and then too see how proud they were of the finish product reinforces everything I love about helping young people access innovative technologies.
If you would like to learn more about 3D Printing and start making your own designs visit:
www.thingiverse.com and www.tinkercad.com
eLearning Senior Leader