3D Modelling and printing applied to elementary and secondary schools

3D Modeling and Printing

Discover how these technologies are revolutionizing education by allowing students to transform their ideas into tangible objects through the process of designing and printing in three dimensions.

Enhancing Creativity and Problem-Solving Skills

Learn how 3D modeling and printing foster creativity and problem-solving skills among students. By engaging in hands-on design projects, students can unleash their imagination, iterate designs, and develop innovative solutions to real-world problems. This section showcases inspiring examples of how students can bring their ideas to life using 3D modeling and printing.

Accessible Tools and Resources for Schools

Discover user-friendly software, affordable 3D printers, and online platforms that support educators in delivering engaging 3D design projects. Learn about successful case studies where schools have successfully implemented these technologies, and gain insights on how to overcome common challenges associated with 3D modeling and printing in an educational setting.

Integrating 3D Modeling and Printing into the Curriculum

Explore the various ways 3D modeling and printing can be integrated into the curriculum across different subjects. From designing prototypes in science experiments to creating historical artifacts in social studies, these technologies offer interdisciplinary opportunities for students to apply their knowledge and deepen their understanding of various concepts. Discover practical examples and lesson ideas for incorporating 3D modeling and printing into the classroom.

Fostering Collaboration and Future-Ready Skills

How students can work together in teams to design and create 3D-printed projects, promoting communication, teamwork, and problem-solving abilities. Additionally, discover how the skills acquired through 3D modeling and printing, such as digital literacy and design thinking, prepare students for future careers in fields such as engineering, architecture, and product design.

3D Models, Modeling software and 3D Printers

3D printing allows product/industrial designers to create prototypes in a few hours instead of weeks using traditional methods. The cost to create a prototype can exceed €10,000 when we consider the use of tools necessary for processes such as injection molding. with the impression 3D prototypes can be achieved at a fraction of the cost.

Work sessions in the Professional Computer Courses (Secondary)

The workshops that took place within the Professional Computer Science and Computer Courses involved 3 high school classes (see Figure 12 below). Within the scope of these courses the following projects were carried out:

– Development of 3D scenarios for games (with Blender);
– Implementation of the Farmbot Control System with RaspberriPy;
– Construction of a programmable DIY clock;
– Drone construction and programming;
– Construction of arcade game console;
– Construction of Robot with ultrasonic sensors.

1st vegetable garden set up at the school

During almost the whole day of Friday, all classes of the school participated in the STEAM activities organized by InovLabs. The component of Electronics, Robotics and implementation of sensors in the garden space were the most worked activities in this school. The project “Oeiras Innovation Labs” also supported the activities of the project “Aqui há horta”, and the vegetables produced in the school space allow today to recurrently supply the canteen with fresh vegetables to feed the students.

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