Thursday, April 13, 2017

3D Printing Taking Hold at RAMS

Mr. Conant's social studies classes have recently been exploring their creative side by designing temples and other buildings as a culminating activity in their study of ancient Greece. Students' designs were then printed out using the RAMS 3d printer allowing students to see their designs come to life. This is a great way to increase student engagement with an authentic project that also challenges students' spatial senses and technical ability.

Students first used a number of resources to become experts on ancient Greek architecture and to conceptualize an original building design.

Then, students used Tinkercad, a free online 3d building application, to construct their design. Tinkercad has a simple interface and is being used by students at Miller, but it also is flexible enough to engage our middle school students.

Finally, students sent their creations to Mr. Steiner to be printed out on the RAMS Flashforge Creator Pro. Voila!