Do you remember the time in school or university when teachers started to include computers as well as other technologies. Either to teach you using it or as a tool for their subject. For most teachers I had the feeling that they had no real idea or plan what they were teaching us, but wanted to use it anyways. This is and probably will be the case for 3D technologies and especially 3D printing. Here, the book “3D Printed Science Projects …” helps teachers and other educators with practical examples as well as descriptions.
Contents of the book
- 3D Math Functions
- Light and other waves
- Simple machines
- Plants and their ecosystem
At the end of the book you also find tips and tricks for printing and modelling objects. Feel free to contact us in case you have questions with regards to 3D printers and printing itself.
The book was written for teachers, professors and educators in general to support them with practical 3D printed science projects. Therefore it is suitable for the book to have a relatively difficult language as reading the book on its own would be way too hard for a child. Still, we believe that there are some areas in the book that can be described in simpler terms. Why keep the book complex and dry when supporting educators by providing more creative/fun descriptions is also possible.
Another improvable aspect of 3D printed science projects is that it mainly focuses on school subjects. Therefore, a 3d printer is only seen as tool supporting children to comprehend math or physics in a more visual and practical way. Still, a short chapter with regards to teaching children the basic principles of 3D printing could enhance the book and execution of science projects. Also, there is no underlying concept described for universities and high schools like our 5 step process. However, descriptions for installing software and handling slicer software etc. are included.
In case you want to know more about 3D printing in general and find inspiration for teaching it to children, we recommend one of the 3D printing beginner/starter books.
Although we mentioned various improvement points, the overall book „3D printed science projects“ will help many teachers on various levels. It includes great examples with detailed descriptions for various subjects in school. In addition, they use a software called „OpenScad“ for their descriptions which is a free open source slicer software with an extensive functionality. This enables educational institutions to save money while every student can even continue practicing with the software at home.
„3D printed science projects“ includes various examples that intersects with technical subjects in school as math or physics. Even a chapter for chemical molecules is included to support visualising the relationship between atoms.
Summary of 3D printed science projects
The book is not for children, but for educators teaching in school or other institutions. Instead of focusing on the technology itself, the authors describe how to teach subjects with practical 3D printed science projects. In these, the machines are only seen as experimental tools to use e.g. to test mathematical functions in the slicer or printing molecules for visualisation in chemistry. In our opinion, this book is a must have for every teacher and provides creative ideas for an inspirational start.