3D print­ing in the pri­mary cur­ricu­lum

The Australian Education Reporter - - 3D PRINTING -

AS the ap­pli­ca­tions of 3D print­ing tech­nol­ogy ex­pand, it’s im­por­tant that stu­dents start to de­velop the de­sign and tech­ni­cal skills re­quired to har­ness this tech­nol­ogy; pro­vid­ing a fu­ture work­force with the skills to meet the de­mands of this grow­ing in­dus­try.

Imag­in­ables can help de­velop these skills in pri­mary school, max­imis­ing a schools in­vest­ment by em­bed­ding 3D print­ing across all lev­els and in mul­ti­ple sub­ject ar­eas as a tool to in­crease pupil en­gage­ment and at­tain­ment.

The guide has been de­vel­oped by Imag­in­ables to pro­vide pri­mary schools with an over­view of how 3D print­ing can be utilised across all ages, lev­els and cur­ricu­lum ar­eas, in­clud­ing:

• Get­ting started.

• 3D print­ing skills pro­gres­sion – a com­plete pro­gres­sion route with suggested projects for each stage. This takes pupils from to­tal begin­ners de­sign­ing in 2D through to them be­ing able to de­sign their own

3D mod­els. The pro­gres­sion route can be ap­plied from Re­cep­tion on­wards.

• 3D print­ing across the cur­ricu­lum – de­tails, ex­am­ples and ideas for how

3D print­ing can be used across the cur­ricu­lum with a ded­i­cated sec­tion for ev­ery pri­mary sub­ject area as well as cross-cur­ricu­luar and busi­ness en­ter­prise ideas.

• Lots of project ideas and links to fur­ther re­sources and case stud­ies.

• Fur­ther sup­port and pro­fes­sional de­vel­op­ment.

• Shar­ing and show­cas­ing your work with the Ul­ti­maker Ed­u­ca­tion Pi­o­neer Pro­gram.

Imag­in­ables has pub­lished the guide as a handy down­load­able PDF to al­low teach­ers to print it out and have it by their side as a valu­able ref­er­ence.

The guide con­tains lots of use­ful links to spe­cific fur­ther in­for­ma­tion and re­sources. If teach­ers have the PDF open on their com­puter or de­vice, they can click on the links di­rectly to open the re­sources.

This pro­fes­sional de­vel­op­ment re­source al­lows schools to de­velop a plan for in­tro­duc­ing 3D print­ing in the class­room across all ages and sub­jects in or­der to max­imise op­por­tu­ni­ties for 3D print­ing and to de­velop pupil’s skills.

For more in­for­ma­tion or to get a free copy of the guide email [email protected]­in­ables.com.au.

The free guide pro­vides re­sources and skill pro­gres­sion steps.

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