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Sunday, October 7 • 2:00pm - 2:40pm
Wearable objects as a means to engage k-6 students in creating functional designs

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Teaching 3d design through the creation of functional objects intended for a specific purpose is  a both an effective and engaging means to give students the tools and knowledge to practically use their 3d design skills.  But that approach can be lost on a younger audience who certainly have the skills to design relatively complex models but may lack the focus to make something functional considering many functional objects just aren’t that exciting to them.  After trying different approaches to solve this gap wearable 3d printed objects have risen to the top as the most successful way to engage K-6th grade students in creating designs for an explicit purpose.  I’ll be sharing what my team has learned and the outcomes we’ve had exploring this approach to teaching design for 3d printing.

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Ryan Bell

Maker Specialist, Maker Studio at Science City
Ryan Bell is the Maker Specialist at the Maker Studio at Science City, where she puts both her Bachelors of Fine Arts degree and 14 years of classroom experience to work developing curriculum in 3d printing, sewing, electronics, printmaking and many other making areas. She is also... Read More →

Sunday October 7, 2018 2:00pm - 2:40pm EDT
Conference Room C