3D printing in the primary curriculum
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.