During our Technology Week this year, one of the activities involved students using our school’s 3D Printer Pens to improve their knowledge and understanding of 3D shapes. This follows on from last year’s lessons with the 3D Printer Pens in which students created their own 3D Glasses.
Students have great fun using the 3D Printer Pens, and they are particularly useful for facilitating the interdisciplinary curriculum, Science, Technology, Engineering, Art & Maths (STEAM). Although I give shapes here as one example, there are endless hands-on activities that can be made possible by getting students to use the 3D Printer Pens. Once students have learnt to properly use these pens, which can take as little as 10-minutes, the teacher simply plays a facilitator role, providing guidance and helping to foster students’ critical thinking and problem solving skills.