3-D Printing For Kids: Expanding Sensory Learning Using STEM Curriculum
SenseME is pleased to announce that we will be expanding our resources to include 3-D printing activities for children and their families/caregivers. All children and their families/caregivers will have access to create 3-D items with various styles and difficulty levels.
Here at SenseME, we are committed to providing resources that support children and their families with resources that are both engaging and experiential.
The Guide to 3-D Printing for Kids!
3-D printing has become a big deal in the last few years, and can help reinforce some of the concepts coding games are helping kids learn. The process is fairly simple; design, slice, print. But when it comes to the execution, you can teach or reinforce all sorts of coding concepts.
In terms of their capabilities, 3-D printers are able to create amazing projects. Here are a few different ways they are being used:
- To prototype new designs
- To replace parts for machines or automobiles
- To build toys and trinkets
- To create prosthetic limbs and organs
- To manufacture housing
For the design process, you will need some kind of 3-D design creation software. For kids learning to design, you don’t need the top-of-the-line software.
When you start to 3-D print, safety when using 3-D printers should always be top of mind. As a general rule, kids should never be left alone with their printers, and thus should only operate them under adult supervision.
3-D printing will continue to shape how we live and work on a daily basis. Through 3-D printing, children and their families can challenge themselves to be creative and innovative for the future.