The amazing importance and impressive popularity that the 3D printing technology holds in so many areas is really something to witness as the technology was only accessible to a very select few just years ago. Perhaps no other current technology in history has so literally and thoroughly transformed varied fields such as medicine, transportation, prosthetics, ballistics, aeronautics, weaponry, and biology the way 3D printing has. From mere concepts and imaginations, this technology has brought to life numerous things that were previously considered impossible to do.
One can only imagine what might have been if the technology, as it is starting now, is available to the masses, particularly to kids. The amazing things that can be viewed, touched, and experimented using a three-dimensional object can really take interactive learning to a loftier place. Instead of children dozing off while traditional methods are used, 3D printing has been proven to facilitate better interaction among kids. It makes the teachers’ role more of a facilitator as students will take it into their own hands to better understand the subject matter with the help of 3D printing technology.
3D printing competitions prove that ingenuity and innovativeness are displayed even by the youngest learners. This is very sensible as young students are bound to assimilate lessons quickly due to their inherent curiosity and desire to learn. The technology can really move forward if studied and applied by people who have had experience at such a tender age.
The potential for learning is not just limited to elementary kids as students of all levels can learn so much through this technology. Logically, school subjects involving mathematics, geography, science, biology, and engineering stand at the forefront of those benefitting most from easy access to objects made through the use of 3D printing technology. Difficult ideas and principles in mathematics and engineering will become clear with this technology. The same goes for map making and in-depth examination of even the most inaccessible body parts.
Interactive Learning should go through the roof with 3D printing technology as there are more and more institutions and groups who are holding competitions by the dozen. More so, these competitions offer very nice rewards and even scholarships or grants to further develop a specific project. When competitions happen, all participants do not merely rely on additive manufacturing as a basis. These projects will most likely involve so many subjects like electronics, aerodynamics, and science. If this will not make students eager to nail down their lessons, almost nothing else will.
The competitions are also aimed at producing the best project with potential to change human life for the better. It is likely to create a domino effect that will help students of all levels, scientists, and humanity in general.
Traditional learning takes a new and improved twist with 3D printing. Instead of spending a great amount of energy and effort in asking students to study and focus on their lessons, teachers may now take a breather and concentrate on assisting students with their new found interest and eagerness for interactive learning. This is clearly the win-win situation that everyone concerned is looking for.