The 5th grade AIG students at Midway Elementary were introduced to a new technology tool at the end of September.
The tool was a 3D printer, purchased with book fair money. Michelle Milliken, media specialist and Debbie Oliver, AIG specialist demonstrated and explained how the 3D printer works to “print” objects. Instead of ink the 3D printer uses plastic to print three-dimensional layered products.
The printer brings objects out of the computer screen, and into the hands of the students. Stem principals based on Science, Technology, Engineering and Math were applied as students learned how this process is a part of the curriculum supporting 21st century learning. Stem lessons integrates “making” into learning. Although 3D printing sounds like something from science fiction, this process was very interesting and real-world to the students.