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3D Printers in the Classroom

Hi! I just came across a neat new book called "The Invent To Learn Guide to 3D Printing in the Classroom: Recipes for Success". This is the first resource I have seen that can help to generate activities that require the 3D printer and possibly a reason to ask for one. I was granted a free copy from Amazon (I don't know why) but the book is not necessarily free. Other articles are as follows: http://3dprintingsystems.com/why-have-3d-printers-in-the-classroom/ http://thejournal.com/articles/2013/12/11/3d-printing-in-the-classroom-5-tips-for-bringing-new-dimensions-to-your-students-experiences.aspx These articles will help sway an administrator to fund this desire but the following website is also a possibility: https://www.makerbot.com/academy Students should be exposed to the newest and best so you need to fight for it. Good luck. Adah

Adah Stock
Adah Stock
101490 Activity Points

3D printers are amazing!! I never knew how cool they were until I was invited to participate in a 3D printing lesson. The students at my school are completely enthralled by this device. They enjoy creating ideas to upload into the printer and use a trial-error process to see if their idea works! Recently we had a group of girls create a design for a bracelet. They were so cool that I had to create one for myself. I really think that 3D printers are something that all STEM programs should look into and fight to have in their classroom. It's a great creative outlet for many students! The resources you suggested might help me in the future if I am relocated to a different STEM program! Thank you!

Molly McGinnis
Molly McGinnis
2415 Activity Points

A 3-D printer sounds great! I work in a K-8 Center in an inner city school. We recently got an opportunity to participate in a program that taught us how Nike ideas are promoted by using a 3-D printer. It was amazing! Our students got a chance to create their own sneakers and run it through a 3-D printer; it looked so real! I'm praying that our school will soon be a recipient of a 3_D printer through this program!

Joe McIntosh
Joe McIntosh
3345 Activity Points

A 3-D printer sounds great! I work in a K-8 Center in an inner city school. We recently got an opportunity to participate in a program that taught us how Nike ideas are promoted by using a 3-D printer. It was amazing! Our students got a chance to create their own sneakers and run it through a 3-D printer; it looked so real! I'm praying that our school will soon be a recipient of a 3_D printer through this program!

Joe McIntosh
Joe McIntosh
3345 Activity Points

I just got a Makerbot Replicator Mini for my science lab. We are all very excited to have this new addition in our lab. However, finding lesson plans or a curriculum for 3D printers at the elementary level is challenging. Does any one have an idea of where I can find 3D printer curricular resources. I've downloaded City X and love it but I would like more ideas on how I can get my students grades 1 - 6 using it.

Yoli Gonzales
Yoli Gonzales
2165 Activity Points

Yoli: I have been eye balling that printer for myself. I signed on to SKILLSHARE online for a free 3-D printing course. Also there is a book that helps with 3-D printers in the classroom called: Invent to Learn: 3-D Printers in the Classroom. http://www.amazon.com/Invent-Learn-Guide-Printing-Classroom/dp/098915114X/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1413558573&sr=1-1&keywords=invent+to+learn+guide+to+3d+printing+in+the+classroom Let me know how it goes and what you do with the unit. Adah

Adah Stock
Adah Stock
101490 Activity Points

Hi Adah Thank you for your reply. Yes, I did get the book and it's been helpful. My students are very excited about our 3D printer but I've got to be careful because it can get to be spendy if I don't watch out. I've been using City X to introduce them to 3D printing. I'm looking for apps that work with Chrome books that have 3D apps that don't cost too much. Any ideas? Thanks Yoli

Yoli Gonzales
Yoli Gonzales
2165 Activity Points

3-D printing the classroom is so exciting! My husband is also a science teacher and his school is just starting a maker's space this year with a Makerbot 3-d printer. I think there are unlimited opportunities here. I wrote about 3-d printers today on my blog: Share it! Science News for Teachers, Parents and Kids http://www.shareitscience.com/ I've included some info in the resources section to help with funding 3-d printers in schools, perhaps it will be helpful to you!

Sarah Benton Feitlinger
Sarah Benton
1740 Activity Points

We have a 3D printer in our school. It's fantastic! Just watch out, because depending on the age group of the kids, it will need to be monitored heavily! Those things are expensive to fix!

Paige Sydoruk
Paige Sydoruk
910 Activity Points

Thank you for the book recommendation. I just requested our library order it for us.

Karen Henman
Karen Henman
4360 Activity Points

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