3rd Kindergarten of Archangelos
Engaging with 3DP opens up new learning possibilities, develops skills, inspires creativity, allowing pupils to see their ideas come to life and interact with the objects they have created in ways not previously possible.
At the same time, it increases the interest and involvement of teachers.
The learning process with 3DP is very exciting for children and achieves:
Improving student engagement
3DP allows teachers to visualize difficult concepts and increase pupils’ engagement through active learning. In this context, pupils’ participation can be improved, and a satisfying learning environment that can be created for all.
Promotion of active learning
Active learning aims to engage pupils and encourage them to interact with the learning process, as opposed to passively receiving information. 3DP promotes active learning practices, allowing students to investigate, explore, design, or create different things and feel objects by touch and feel. When participating, pupils can discover their talents and develop critical thinking and problem-solving skills. Using a 3D printed object in the learning process helps pupils understand the subject and retain the information in their memory.
Encouraging creative thinking
With 3DP, pupils can experiment with an idea through trial and error and this encourages them to be innovative and creative. Consequently, they are more likely to remember the information and knowledge they have acquired.
Increase student interest in STEM education.
3DP provides great learning opportunities in science, technology, engineering, art, and math, enabling pupils to learn complex concepts more easily and providing teachers with new tools. 3DP gives pupils the opportunity to experience STEM subjects in an engaging, and hands-on way and see the connections between them and real life.
Providing opportunities to practice different learning styles
3DP facilitates the application of concepts such as 'learning by doing', 'experiential learning and failure' and 'satisfaction in learning'. It encourages creative experimentation, enables product innovation, and supports the integration of technical knowledge from other subjects and facilitates different interdisciplinary approaches.
3D printing difficulties in our Kindergarten
The difficulties were mainly technical issues such as the filament breaking while printing the object or filament jamming in the printer head.
3D printed cultural heritage objects provide learning benefits that could not otherwise be achieved through touch and physical observation by encouraging pupils to better understand a) how people of different cultures and time periods lived and b) the importance of preserving our cultural heritage over the years.