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3D printing challenge – real world application for classroom learning

If you’re on the hunt for some fresh ideas for the classroom consider the PrintLab|Autodesk assistive device challenge which is a global 3D design and print competition open from now until 1 April 2021.

This global initiative will see schools across the globe investigate, relate and create with a mission of making the lives of the elderly or disabled in their communities just that little bit easier with a thoughtfully designed assistive device.

How much time you want your class spend on the project is up to you. To assist teachers there are banks of lesson plans ready to go. You can run it as a block of 5 x 1 hour sessions, or spend a little more time and follow the 10 x 1 hour session lesson plans. There’s even mapping to the Australian curriculum.

Where your not feeling confident with 3D design and printing EduKits would love to help you out. We can hook you up with a great portable classroom printer – the UP Mini 2, and help skill you up with 5 hours PD you can self pace through online covering 3D design and printing principles including how to manage a classroom of students using CAD software TinkerCad.

If you’ve been 3D printing for a while with your class you might want to jump straight in. Registration for the competition along with the full terms and conditions are available on the website https://www.makeablechallenge.com/

We look forward to seeing what solutions the next generation of dreamers, thinkers and tinkerers come up with.

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