Chapter 10 Using 3D Printing to Enhance STEM Teaching and Learning

Recommendations for Designing 3D Printing Projects

In: Integrating 3D Printing into Teaching and Learning
Authors: Sonya Wisdom and Elena Novak

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Abstract

3D printing technology is a powerful learning tool that can involve students in active learning, design thinking, and problem-solving. It creates opportunities for integrating science, engineering, technology, and mathematics with other disciplines. In this chapter, we describe the benefits of 3D printing technology for teaching science and discuss a theoretical framework for designing 3D printing problem- and project-based learning in science followed by practical recommendations for creating 3D printing instructional units that can be integrated into a formal curriculum. In conclusion, we provide an example of a 3D printing project that was implemented with preservice elementary teachers in a science methods course.

  • Chapter 1 3D Printing
  • Chapter 2 3D Printing in Early Childhood Classrooms
  • Chapter 3 Three-Dimensional Picto-Reconstructive Tinkering Tool for Creative Teaching
  • Chapter 4 Developing 21st-Century Skills through STEM Integration and Global Collaboration Using 3D Printing and CAD
  • Chapter 5 Overcoming Barriers to the Implementation of 3D Printing in Schools
  • Chapter 6 3D Printing Applications in Mechanical Engineering Education
  • Chapter 7 Dragon STEAM
  • Chapter 8 Bridging the Social and Environmental Dimensions of Global Sustainability in STEM Education with Additive Manufacturing
  • Chapter 9 Assessing Students’ Anatomical Knowledge on Bones, Commercial Models, and 3D Prints
  • Chapter 10 Using 3D Printing to Enhance STEM Teaching and Learning
  • Chapter 11 Moving 3D Printing beyond the Desktop within Higher Education
  • Chapter 12 A Case Study of Preparing Emirati Pre-Service Teachers to Integrate 3D Printing into Teaching and Learning

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