Dreams can become reality in your afterschool program as youth professionals embed the power of 3D printing with creative design. Long thought to be the tools of elite manufacturing companies or for the very wealthy, 3D printing has become mainstream and much more affordable. Understanding the basics of design, the power of modeling software, and the various tools used in the 3D printing process can help prepare students for a multitude of careers while reinforcing the learning from the traditional school day.
3D printing inspires students to explore their creativity while using disguised learning to teach foundational skills in math, reading, and more. Logical sequencing, spatial reasoning, and creative visioning come to life through the design process while students channel their inner artist as their creations literally are made right before their eyes.
In this workshop, the presenters will share resources, program curriculum, and scalability to allow any program to build a basic foundation for a 3D printing program or to go full Makerfaire. Participants will leave with an inner passion to start 3D Printing programs right away and will have the knowledge and follow-up tools to do so!