Students print in 3D

Students at Virginia Primary School are being encouraged to be creative and innovative designers, producing 3D models of story characters, mathematical shapes and creative constructions thanks to the school’s recent involvement in a pilot program based around a special printer.

Virginia Primary School has entered a three-year partnership with Adelaide based company, Maker’s Empire, who donated a unique 3D printer to the school, and principal, Ilia Tsoutouras, couldn’t be more excited.

Always looking for ways to extend learning and actively improve students’ engagement, Mr Tsoutouras said the school needed to ensure it provided broad opportunities for students to be life-long learners.

“Many of the jobs that exist today will be obsolete by the time our children enter the workforce,” he said.

“As a school we are excited by the creative and innovative opportunities 3D design and printing brings.”

Mr Tsoutouras suggested students might write a story in literacy and then create a 3D model of one of their characters, or in maths, when discussing space and 3D objects they would be able to physically print a model of a particular shape and hold it in their hand.

Using the specially designed iPad app meant students as young as four could access the technology, he added.

“It’s the way of the future and I think it provides another experience for our children.

“We need to create as many opportunities as we can before they get to high school. We want children who are problem solvers, children who are researchers and critical thinkers.

The school received the 3D printer the first week of this term, with staff taking part in a special training day run by Maker’s Empire to get familiar with the design app, lesson plans aligned with the Australian Curriculum and the 3D printing process.

“We bring the fun, excitement and engagement of easily designing and printing in 3D to prepare our kids for the jobs of tomorrow,” Mr Soong said.

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