Why 3D Design and Printing should be Implemented in School Curriculum
- Feb 10, 2016
3D printing is basically an additive manufacturing technique. Additive Manufacturing (AM) technique is defined as a process to synthesize or re-create a 3-dimensional object. Under the control of a computer, consecutive layers of a substance are deposited to create a 3-dimensional object. These objects can be created from an electronic data origin or another 3D model. 3D design and printing is bringing technological revolutions in almost all fields of medicine and surgery, history, geography, microbiology, physics, manufacturing etc. Hence, this emerging technology needs to be implemented in school curriculum to give students the opportunity to stand out from the crowd in the real world. 3D printing implementation in various subjects provides a better learning experience for the students because they can visualize the concepts, the principles along with the pictures in front of their eyes. This learning experience is very compelling. The abstract subject becomes tactile. It is hence necessary for the students to learn 3D design and printing from the start.
Let's have a look at various reasons due to which 3D design and printing should be implemented in schools.
3D printing opens up a complete new path of learning
There are various methods to learn a particular subject. Let's take the subject “History” into consideration. Students generally learn history from sources like books, lecture notes, documentaries etc. These sources are seemingly very abstract in nature. 3D printing brings a sea-change in the learning experience. The abstract source transforms into something very palpable. Students can interact with this model in actual time. Their imagination gets stimulated and they develop a deeper understanding of the subject matter.
Development of Critical Thinking
3D printing helps students to identify various key points in their lessons. It allows the students to iterate until s/he comes to a working or logical solution. Thus, 3D printing plays an important role in stimulating an individual's critical thinking capability. Design concepts and engineering basics require a lot of critical thinking. Hence, 3D printing technology is tremendously beneficial in those streams. The student also develops this idea that critical thinking is not confined to his/her classroom. It stretches beyond that.
3D Design and Printing helps in Building Resilience, which in turn Builds Confidence
Children could make mistakes when they are going through a number of iterations of any design. 3D designing using 3D printers makes a student very resilient and he keeps coming back again and again to rectify the errors. He develops this idea, “It is OK if I fail. It's not the end of the world. I will certainly get it right the next time.” And once he gets it right, he will be pretty confident with the same subject. Hence, 3D printing and designing makes the child resilient; thereby, making him/her confident as well.
Seeing is Believing
3D printing enables certain ideas to come to life. Let's take the example of our solar system. The Earth is the 4th planet in our solar system. If we create a 3D model of the solar system constituting the nine planets, the students will get a clear idea of the solar system because they are actually viewing the model in real time. It's possible to make a hand-crafted model of our solar system but the cost involved is very high. The same model can be created for a nominal price using 3D printers. The process involved is also faster when compared to that of the hand-crafted model.
Less Wastage of Substances
Materials like plastic, carbon fiber, filament or metal fiber are generally used for 3D printing. These items are recyclable and hence, the entire process virtually generates no waste products.
It's not necessary for a defective product or model designed via 3D printers to be discarded. The defective parts can be re-constructed via the printer and can be used in the model again. Hence, there's the possibility of a prolonged life span.
Implementations in Mathematics (Geometry and Co-ordinate Geometry)
3D designing and printing geometrical shapes and figures helps in providing a lucid explanation to students. It's particularly more effective in the field of mathematics which involves solid geometrical figures like cube, cuboid, sphere, solid and hollow cylinders etc. It's beneficial in co-ordinate geometry which involves the three axes X, Y and Z. By bringing the figures to life, students can actually visualize the problem involved and reach a quick solution.
3D designing and printing basically marks the start of the third Industrial Revolution. It's therefore necessary for children to get introduced to the wonders that it contains. The prospects in this field are enormous. The course titled “THINK IN 3D” at Futurite helps to instill 3D visualization thinking ability in children and apply the same in designing models with the help of a 3D printer. The children will learn to implement this cutting-edge technological skill in practice while having fun at the same time. No previous knowledge of 3D design and printing is necessary.
These technologies used to reside in the science-fiction world that was created by Isaac Asimov, Arthur C. Clarke, Michael Crichton etc. Now, they are virtually a reality. It's therefore the right time to share the same world with our children.
“Try things out, learn from it. Iterate. Learn how a 3D printer works. Get inspired. Make your own stuff. It is a wonderful time to be innovative. Connect things together. If you’re into electronics, get an Arduino.”
a company that manufactures 3D printers.
Futurite aims to bring high quality STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) education to school students in India. Our mission is to use cutting-edge technologies such as Robotics and 3D Printing to impart a thorough grounding in STEM subjects and concepts to school students while making their learning experience fun, engaging and hands-on. Futurite has been operating in Dubai successfully (as Premier Genie) since a number of years, working with over 25 of the top international schools and teaching 1000+ students. Futurite has been founded by alumni from IIT, IIM, JU and HEC Paris.
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