3D Printing, Coding, & Robots

3D Printing

I was honestly first introduced to 3D Printing while watching Grey’s Anatomy when Dr. Christina Yang was working to print a portal vein. The theory then caught on and Dr. Meredith Grey was trying to 3D print a heart. During Christina’s research she visited a hospital in Switzerland that had 3D printers lined up printing all kinds of medical parts. The show completely captured my attention and had 3D printed hearts and livers while the doctors were trying to figure out how to use them in patients. It was certainly super cool technology!

At my previous school we purchased a Makerbot 3D printer. It was truly fascinating to set it up and watch it work. There are numerous ways that you can incorporate it into the curriculum but the time it takes to print one object is sometimes a tad hindering and it takes some strategic planning to figure out a timeframe.

The Virginia Beach Public Library has a 3D printer that they loaned to the librarian at Creeds Elementary School. The public library staff shared all kinds of figurines that they had printed and the students were thrilled to watch it work. The librarian showed classes a video of a 3D printed prosthetic leg for a dog and then tried to print something quickly so the students were able to observe. The technology is truly amazing and if budgets weren’t an issue I could see libraries having these for innovative curriculum related lessons.

Coding

The Hour of Code from code.org are awesome initiatives to try and get people interested in learning how to computer code. There are many different levels from beginners to advanced coders. There are also numerous programs to try and make it somewhat easier for users to understand. The push for students to learn coding is important in my opinion because we need the next generation of coders. I feel that the more we expose students to different technologies they may find out what they interested in.

Robots

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Robots are fascinating technology because they have certainly come so far. Students love to see robots and the technology associated with them. Even if you only had the ability to Skype an engineer or organization that would be willing to share their experience or expertise with robots students would love it. Here’s a link to an article on Robots in elementary schools. There are some great links to different competitions and ways to incorporate the technology through Lego Leagues and more.

 

                                          

References

How Robotics is Transforming STEM in Elementary Schools – Getting Smart by Guest Author – coding, competitions, hour of code, robotics, STEM. (2016). Retrieved July 08, 2016, from http://gettingsmart.com/2016/01/how-robotics-is-transforming-stem-education-in-elementary-schools/

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5 thoughts on “3D Printing, Coding, & Robots

    • librarylivingblog says:

      I still don’t really understand how you could print body parts from what feels like a hard plastic material. I’ve only seen one kind and I certainly couldn’t see it being used inside the body. I tried looking up what the filament was made out of and found that there are 9 different types of materials. One of them was even printing wood objects. It’s pretty amazing stuff!

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  1. shepherdsheepblog says:

    I haven’t watched Grey’s Anatomy in quite awhile. I would definitely be interested in watching those episodes. I don’t know much about 3-D printing, although I know more about it after this week. However, it is amazing to me the things that have been done. I have 3 cats that have had accidents that were not known to me. The accidents happened before they came to me. They all three have had one leg amputated. So, I have 3, 3-legged cats. So, the prosthetics for animals and humans has always interested me. On Facebook I have seen a dog get 2 front legs, an elephant, and even humans. It is amazing. While my cats all three have adapted to the loss of their legs like champs, it is amazing what can be done for those that can’t compensate for their loss. Coding is so important to the future of our children. Without it they will be left behind.

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  2. Heather Flowers says:

    I love that you made the connection about seeing the 3D printing and something you saw on television! That’s what students often do, they see things in other places and they start to form connections for application in the real world. When we can offer a chance for them to experiment with 3D printing or coding in school, it helps bridge the gap.

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