“There are so many ways that 3D printing can enhance the curriculum and help students engage in authentic learning,” said Beverly Owens, Guidebook co-author and 11th Grade Chemistry Teacher at Cleveland Early College High School. “I introduced my students to different aspects and applications of 3D printing, and allowed them the opportunity to print out their own designs. Providing tiered support and guidance for students has transformed my classroom into an environment in which students can iterate on designs and solve problems using technology.”
Some of the book’s project examples include creating a “cell city” to learn how organelles function within a cell, designing a planetary gear system to study the different components, studying the mechanics of hand movement with robotic hands, and visualizing trilobites to better understand the organisms.
Owens added, “I want to be able to show my students that no matter the level at which you’re 3D printing, you can still learn and grow–you just need a little bit of confidence and practice. Going through the MakerBot Certification™ to become a MakerBot Operator and Curriculum Creator really solidified my confidence to help me see what I can do. With 3D printing, my students are only limited by the breadth of their imagination.”
While previous MakerBot handbooks provided a primer on 3D printing, 3D design, and tips on how to introduce 3D printing into the classroom, the third and latest edition of the
MakerBot Educators Guidebook features more advanced project plans, design ideas, professional applications, and additional step-by-step instructions to help teachers get the most out of 3D printing with their students. Also included are instructions to familiarize users with the newest MakerBot 3D printers – the MakerBot METHOD® and MakerBot SKETCH®.