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3D Printing: From the classroom to the operating room

3D Printing: From the classroom to the operating room How 3D printing is revolutionizing education

What is 3D printing and how does it work?

3Dprinting.com defines 3D printing or additive manufacturing as “… a process of making three dimensional solid objects from a digital file.” (3DPrinting.com) Lots of information there, huh? To break it down a little bit more 3D printing uses an STL (stereolithography) file created using a CAD (computer-aided design) program on a computer, that file is then loaded onto a 3D printer, most consumer grade 3D printers use plastic  filament (it usually comes in rolls like wire) but 3D printers can use any number of different materials from wood and ceramic to human cells.
How can 3D printing be used in the k-12 classroom?
3D Printing has almost unlimited applications in the K-12 classroom. It can be used to teach computational thinking (The BBC has a great primer that breaks down the basics of Computational Thinking here) 3D printing as a process can be …

Why We Need to be Educated in Computational Thinking

Why this topic? While taking Studio for Computing for Learning, we explore a term that is new to me: Computational Thinking. According to Google, computational thinking is “essential to the development of computer applications, but it can also be used to support problem solving across all disciplines, including the humanities, math, and science” (Google, n.d.). During the class, we focused on a pedagogy environment, however, my career is in the field of andragogy. The readings focused on the importance of teaching towards computational thinking through computer science and STEM classrooms. This is because computational thinking involves algorithmic thinking, evaluation, decomposition of a problem, abstracting data, and finding a general approach to a set of problems (Snalune, 2015). Each of these reading focused on how important it was to employers, but they stopped there. They had a few generic sentences about how the skills learned would benefit employers. However, as an adult educ…
Maker Space: In The Corporate Training Room?

Introduction One of the hottest trends in learning is the Makerspace movement. It seems that no matter where you turn you are being bombarded with images, commercials, ads, and YouTubevideos all about Makerspace and how enriching the learning is for students. For one to understand the movement and the impact you first must know what, exactly a Makerspace is. It is defined on the Makerspace for Education web page as, "To define a school makerspace by its purpose and simplest of terms, it is a place where young people have an opportunity to explore their own interests; learn to use tools and materials, both physical and virtual; and develop creative projects" (Laura Flemming Worlds of Making). What this definition alludes to but does not emphasize is that the makerspace movement is very STEM (Science, Technology, Electronics, and Mathematics) focused. Areas that have all received varying levels of attention and focus over the past dec…

Can Immersive Technologies Make us More Human?

As AR, VR, and Mixed Realities evolve and become more accessible, how can they be used in education to enhance students’ experiences in school?
Introduction As technology advances at the consumer level, so, too, does technology in the classroom.  
Students are exposed to more and more technology including robots, drones, and virtual reality
immersive experiences outside the classroom.  They can purchase an Oculus Riftat the local


Walmart for around $400 to have an ultimate virtual reality experience right inside the comfort
of their homes. If it weren't for the price, every student would have one. The idea of being
transported to different worlds and gaming in 3D is very appealing to young and old alike. In her book,
Virtual and Mixed Reality for All Classrooms, Donally (2018) asserts that students are eager to use
new technology “because it’s part of their culture.” (p. 9)  Martinez and Stager (2013) state “the time is
coming when students will demand that schools live up to the st…