Introducing a 3D printer to classrooms sounds exciting indeed and it is rapidly revolutionizing the way learning takes place. With 3D printed models’ children get to experience practical learning, as against the rote learning technique through textbooks. Learners use their sense of touch to feel the printed objects and can actually participate in the design & execution phase. So, before we have you marvel the ocean of possibilities with 3D printing techniques for schools, let us briefly explain how it works.
How to print objects with 3D printer?
Unlike the usual printer in offices that uses ink to print on paper, the 3D printer uses materials such as; plastic, rubber, metal, to print objects. The first step to printing mini models is to feed a picture into the system in order to help the printer identify what needs to be replicated. For example: If you want to print the 8 planets to teach children the workings of the solar system, you first need to scan a picture of each of the planets on a paper scanner or use a foam scanner to scan the existing toy model such that it can be replicated by the 3D printer. The scanned copy needs to then be cleaned via a 3D CAD software and the dimensions need to be checked before proceeding to actual printing. Now its showtime and the 3D printer does its job! In no time you would have objects created magically which can be used as an alternate to buying classroom aids online and spending oodles of money.
Effective learning through a hands-on approach
In a classroom full of inquisitive minds many a times the teacher has to tackle questions such as Why? How? What? because children need proof to the explanations given in textbooks. Hence, experimentation is the best teacher. When children actually get to see things before their eyes, their journey of self-discovery begins until they get satisfactory answers. 3D printing follows a hands-on approach and stimulates sensory-motor development which makes the learning process easy & leads to better understanding of concepts.
Exploring Earth and its Geographical Phenomena through 3D printable objects
Imagine having to study all the 195 countries of the world and their respective flags. It seems like a herculin task to memorize all of it. However, if children are introduced to the World by actually printing the maps, flags, and topographies, they will be in a better position to remember facts and apply them during exams. With 3D printing technology from Mayku it is easy to build models of rocky mountain ranges, discover some of the most remarkable islands and even marvel fascinating landmarks like the Burj Al Arab in Dubai.
Recreating Ancient Historic Civilizations
Wouldn’t it be fun to remember the events of the Egyptian Civilization or say the Indus Valley Civilization by actually having a dramatization session in class with epic monuments and historical figures in the background to give relevance to the scene. 3D printing brings new experiences and helps children interact with the subject, instead of having to study dates and complicated names of Emperors from boring presentation slides. Many IB Schools in GCC including UAE now rely on interactive techniques to teach the class about culture and history.
Understand the Complex Functioning of Human Organs in Biology Class
The skeleton that you see hanging in every school’s biology lab can be replicated using a 3D printer. What better way to understand the human anatomy than by actually printing the organ before your eyes? The best part is that 3D printers are so detail oriented, that it captures each attribute which makes learning more meaningful. Printing the human skull on a Mayku 3D printer would enable children to study the dimensions of the jaw bone, structure of the teeth, and other anterior features which would have been impossible to comprehend from an image in their textbooks. This hands-on approach leads to biology lessons getting ingrained in the child’s long-term memory without much effort.
Practicing Math Lessons with 3D Demonstrations
When students hear the term Math, the first reaction is a cringe-worthy smile. To brighten-up the smile simply introduce them to 3 dimensional shapes printed on a Mayku printer and let them play with it for as long as they want. This is an exciting way to actually watch the making of a sphere, cylinder, prism and other shapes alike. Another Math topic that children at first find difficult to grasp is fractions. Well, not if the objects looked colorful and could be easily assembled & dissembled in a jiffy. Across the Middle East 3D printing has gained so much popularity, that even parents are intrigued to purchase a Mayku for their homes to ensue their elementary school goers continue to have the same passion and zeal for studies at home.