As students across the country went back to school this month, many were greeted by a new game changing learning tool: The 3D printer.
Educational uses for 3D printing have expanded over the past two years. Free software such as (formerly Google Sketchup), and new low cost 3D printers have allowed increased accessibility to schools. In 2013, the United Kingdom Department of Education even that supplied 21 schools with 3D printers and supporting curriculum.
However, in the United States 3D printing has been primarily limited to and . Enter the and James an 11 year old from Appleton, WI, who are leading the integration of 3D printing curriculum in elementary classrooms. Watch:
City X Project is a Common Core State Standards-aligned 3D printing and design thinking curriculum for 8 to 12 year-olds. In partnership with
City X Project is providing their for free! The toolkit is a detailed guide to facilitating the City C Project workshop.
What’s in the toolkit?
- Step-by-step guide to running the City X Project workshop.
- Point-by-point alignment with Common Core Standards.
- Ready to print workbooks and “citizen cards.”
- Add-on activities, additional materials, and equipment.
With the increasing emphasis in STEM, don’t be surprised to see more 3D printers in schools this year.’s forecasts an increase in schools adopting this new technology and describes the academic advantages 3D printing curriculum:
3D printing allows for more authentic exploration of objects that may not be readily available – from design to production, as well as demonstrations and participatory access, [3D printing] can open up new possibilities for learning activities.
More on how 3D printing is changing how students learn, see: