In recent years, the number of 3D printers in schools has increased. This technology helps encourage students from primary schools to universities to enjoy learning new things. After all, 3D printing brings objects out of the computer screen and into the hands of students for analysis and other learning processes.
If you are a teacher thinking of new ways to interact with your class, here are a few reasons 3D printing can help you:
Bring out the Inner Inventors in Your Classroom
3D printing gives your students a chance to become creators. Instead of learning a subject through the creations of the others, they become the inventors — and that heightens their interest in the subject. Middle school students studying geography can print out 3D maps showing the topography of an area, says Europe’s leading 3D printer supplier, RAM Peripherals LTD.
The same goes for university students. Architecture and engineering students can print out prototypes of their building plans. Chemistry students can easily print out models of molecules to study. Even those who take cooking classes can come up with intricate moulds for their cupcakes and pastry using 3D printing. With this technology, students can easily spot mistakes in designs and gain valuable problem-solving skills.
Build School Camaraderie
Build a strong tie between grade levels by partnering up a younger and an older student to work on a 3D printing project together. Older students will shine and learn the value of being a good teacher. Younger students, on the other hand, will learn a lot of new (and cool) things from this interaction.
Engage Reluctant Learners
3D printing is still a relatively new technology that is not readily available to the average consumers. It still has that ‘wow factor’ that can help engage students who typically don’t pay attention in class. Often, reluctant learners become eager and excited to participate in class if it involved 3D printing projects.
3D printing is a technology that engineers, scientists and manufacturers now use to change the world. Let your students experience the same technology and be amazed by what they can create to enjoy learning new things — and get a new perspective on life.