3d printing in the classroom could improve education

There have been impressive headlines concerning 3D printing achievements over the last couple of years. Everything from NASA exploring the possibility of 3D printing food for their astronauts during missions in space, to 3D Printed wearable clothes, jewelry, and the odd 3D printed heart and skull. Yes, there has been amazing growth happening in the world of 3D printing recently.

From previous blogs, we understand the capabilities and possibilities three-dimensional printers are vastly changing the landscape of medical health. Transforming lives every single day. People left helpless are now told by medical professionals that hope lies in 3D printing advancements.

Today, we are going to have a look at new plans, in which 3D print equipment is introduced into the classrooms. Both the United Kingdom and the United States are making an effort to improve education levels and learning experience for children using this technology.

The thing with 3D printing is it holds immense potential for learning in a different way. As a society, we have only seen the tip of the iceberg when it comes to three-dimensional printing and its applications.

Introducing this type of technology into the classroom can only improve the current standards of education available to pupils in the UK and US. It has the capability to engage an audience; it takes hold of our thinking, breaking down expectations, and spurs the idea that we need to reprogram our minds.

The thought of rapid prototyping technology entering the classroom and influencing children at such a young age is exciting indeed. However, the usual barriers need addressed before embracing it and adding it into education. Things like, confidence in using the technology, teacher awareness, and the major factor, getting the proper amount of funding for purchasing 3D printers and additional items that come with it.

Schools are getting interested in this “rapid prototyping” technology. Wouldn’t it would be sad if our future generations are not given access to the chance to push the limits of their minds with the possibilities that 3D printing provides. And, all because the governing bodies hold back on appropriate funding.

Imagine a generation that can fully understand 3D printing at a young age. A generation that is not scared to explore what was once impossible, but now possible through this technology.

The question is this, “Should 3D printing be embraced by education and implemented into every day teaching?”

 

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