Creating with a 3D printer adds a new dimension of excitement for students in elementary school learning to design.
When 8 year old Ruby Hicks learned that Stoner Prairie Elementary School was going to have a 3D printer, she thought that creating a three dimensional design with it meant that she would fold paper. Then, she learned about creating three dimensional things with plastic.
“I was like, ‘whoa,’” said Ruby, and she made a giant castle, proudly placing her initials on top.
Other students caught the excitement too. Third grader Rafaela Gandolfo was hooked when the printer was shown at the annual Back to School Night open house. Students were given an opportunity to see what could be done in the after-school program, iDesign—3D Design and Printing.
“I was really excited,” she said. “I really wanted my dad to sign (me) up for it.”