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  • Swan River Elementary School
  • Bigfork, MT

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3D printing is not going away; in fact, it will continue to shape our world in more ways than we can imagine. Integrating 3D Printing needs a place in education for numerous reasons. We need to expose our students to 3D printing because the concept will be commonplace by the time my fifth graders are heading into the job force. In addition, 3D printing inspires students to be innovative and look at the world through different eyes. Kids are no longer limited to learning about art, history, math, and science from a picture. Now, they have the capability to use math to design an item or 3D print the artifact they are learning about in history. Textbooks have the potential to come to life in their classroom, right before their eyes. Students learn by doing and 3D printing allows their imagination to run wild! Imagine being able to expose students to the Scientific Method by having them hypothesize the perfect bubble solution and then 3D print the bubble wands. Fifth graders could then share their findings with their Kindergarten Tech Buddies and create art from their bubble solution. Afterwards, the art is made into cards for a local senior center, tied to a bottle of bubbles, and complete with the bubble wand. Now we have taken 3D printing and combined it with community service...a truly magical experience for everyone involved. To some, bubbles may seem silly, but is a very basic way to introduce 3D printing into the classroom and community. Of course, there are more complex and innovative projects, but that will come in due time! When introducing new technology, I have learned the best approach is baby steps!

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3D printing is not going away; in fact, it will continue to shape our world in more ways than we can imagine. Integrating 3D Printing needs a place in education for numerous reasons. We need to expose our students to 3D printing because the concept will be commonplace by the time my fifth graders are heading into the job force. In addition, 3D printing inspires students to be innovative and look at the world through different eyes. Kids are no longer limited to learning about art, history, math, and science from a picture. Now, they have the capability to use math to design an item or 3D print the artifact they are learning about in history. Textbooks have the potential to come to life in their classroom, right before their eyes. Students learn by doing and 3D printing allows their imagination to run wild! Imagine being able to expose students to the Scientific Method by having them hypothesize the perfect bubble solution and then 3D print the bubble wands. Fifth graders could then share their findings with their Kindergarten Tech Buddies and create art from their bubble solution. Afterwards, the art is made into cards for a local senior center, tied to a bottle of bubbles, and complete with the bubble wand. Now we have taken 3D printing and combined it with community service...a truly magical experience for everyone involved. To some, bubbles may seem silly, but is a very basic way to introduce 3D printing into the classroom and community. Of course, there are more complex and innovative projects, but that will come in due time! When introducing new technology, I have learned the best approach is baby steps!

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