3D Printing in Education - a Makerbot Case Study

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A better Understanding of the Weather

As Ryan Cain came to the end of teaching his 2nd grade class about Earth materials, he wanted to finish with a flourish. His made his grand finale come to fruition with a MakerBot Replicator 2 Desktop 3D Printer.

Mr. Cain wanted to help children empathize with hurricane victims, so he taught his students how to design their own buildings in 3D modeling software. Then they 3D printed them on MakerBot 3D Printers, and placed them along the banks of a simple model river consisting of a water pump and a sandbox. By turning up the power on the water pump, Mr. Cain unleashed a flood on his class’s model city, giving students a memorable visual on the effects of soil erosion.

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Teaching his 2nd graders how to design and 3D print an entire riverbank of model buildings isn’t the only impressive thing Mr. Cain has done with his MakerBot 3D Printers. He recently:

— Embarked on “30 days of creativity”, starting with 3D printing a replacement knob on his dresser.
— Printed new buildings for his erosion model.
— Taught his robotics students how to design and 3D print concepts for relief delivery drones that could reach victims in the wake of natural disasters.

Mr. Cain has been a fan of MakerBot since the Cupcake CNC, and was one of the first educators to bring MakerBot 3D Printers into the classroom. We can’t wait to see what this pioneering educator will come up with next.