Science teachers should understand the basics of using 3D printers in the classroom.
When teaching scientific knowledge to students, very abstract concepts are usually introduced. For some students, these concepts may be easy to grasp, but if there is not enough visual representation, it may be difficult for others to understand. Although textbook illustrations may be helpful, sometimes they are not enough or unclear. Research shows that learning can be enhanced when ideas are presented in abstract and concrete ways to adapt to different student learning styles. This is where classroom 3D printers can help to fill in the gaps.
By allowing students to touch, feel and interact with real 3D models, 3D printers can help introduce elements of physical reality into originally abstract ideas. In turn, this can help them better learn and engage in the teaching materials surrounding these ideas.
The reason why this technology will change the classroom is the educational features of 3D printing can take scientific ideas and make them more understandable. For teachers who want their students to achieve the best possible outcomes with the technologies of the future, a 3D printer can be a teaching tool unlike any other.
3D printing has come a long way over decades both in industrial and consumer applications, now don’t forget this new trend—by adopting 3D printing to the classroom for a better educational outcome, allowing students to explore creative concepts or even provide useful visual aids.
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