If you join this group let us know why and how you are using 3d printing in learning and education.
I am a homeschooling dad (technically not yet), my son is almost two, and he has lots of 3d printed things to play with. I also do 3d printing with older kids too. I will post more stuff soon. My goal is to engage his interests and at the same time, provide a pathway to learning about design and engineering concepts.
“Play is the highest form of research.” - Albert Einstein
We're really into the idea of "Process Based Learning" and 3D printing (and the design process) have become very front-and-center in being an example of how to support learning. Would love people to comment below with examples of how 3D printing supports students learning about the 'learning process' I'll kick it off with our example (and attempt to post the example in the things folder):
Here's the quick and dirty of it: http://currieosity.blogspot.ca/2016/03/the-design-flaw-in-ai.html
Here's the excerpt I point to (sans graphics)
"Defining the Problem
HL approaches me looking for a way to reward the students who won her robotics competition.
I listen and connect to what it is she is looking to do. Ultimately it comes down to using the new school 3D printer (An Ultimaker 2 Extended!) to do something for the students we've never been able to do before.
Ideation and Pitching.
I take the idea away and work up three potential solutions to present to her (informally)
She chooses elements of two of those ideas that work best. Taking advantage of our growing local Maker economy using coins for PLA we will be supplement the winner's Maker account by giving them a unique coin that can be cashed-in for an extra 150cm of plastic.
I work up the prototypes and have them ready for when she needs to gift them to the students.
During this phase, I have to learn the programs, rely on help from local experts and mentors, and design and redesign as I look for feedback.
Design Thinking: Better results than I would have started with because it involved the work of many for the benefit of many. More than that, I became more skilled AND more knowledgeable because of my work with technology.
According to the Innographer - this should count as Double Looped Learning: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Double_loop_learning otherwise known as the engine that drives the success of Design Thinking.
Learning is not a product based economy. Our schools often result in a product based economy because it's efficient, mobile, and universal. Unfortunately, it's why so many have argued that the Industrial Model of education is broken; learning is a process."