Maker Education brings to school an organic, hands on learning process that opens students to the wonders of technology. Through 3D printing, Makey Makey construction, Rasperry Pi and Arduino development, Robot making, Sphero programming, coding and a host of other rising technologies, students can learn how technology works, dive into some passionate learning and understand the design process.
3D printing is quickly becoming a great way for schools to bring a student’s concept, whether it’s a drawing on a piece of paper, or designed in software, to life. Finally students are able to see a product develop from a vision and design stage right through to creation. This is a wonderful opportunity for students to develop 21st century workplace skills and develop confidence in their own creative ability.
When creating 3D objects we combine 3D Design software with 3D printers to create actual tangible objects. Examples of such software include the new Windows 8 TinkerCad from Autodesk app. TinkerCad has been available as a browser based web tool for a few years, but now it is available as an app on the Windows 8 platform.
With Tinkercad, students can:
If you’re not in a Maker Ed group or class, you can still use TinkerCad for a number of projects. These projects could be part of Project Based Learning or Technology classes. You can:
If these ideas don’t excite you, have a look through the TinkerCad Gallery or Thingyverse for more inspiration and designs.
Jump in and give it a go, but be sure to share back with us what you created using TinkerCad.