What do cave paintings and 3d printer designs have in common? The fact that humans have always had the urge to create and express themselves. Today, we still have the opportunity to be artistic – but there has been increasing concern that creativity is being diminished under the strain of delivering curriculum-driven results.
That is why the emergence of 3d printing is the perfect time to explore all the different ways that we can both educate and learn in the classroom. Children can come up with their own 3d printer designs, 3d modelling designs and much more.
Sir Ken Robinson made waves with his TedTalk “Are schools killing creativity?“.
So what is creativity?
Creativity means having the freedom to express oneself using the imagination. Creativity means following the urge to create something unique – that feeling of being faced with a blank easel and building something fresh.
Creative development in the early years really can set in motion future patterns for life. Pablo Picasso once said “All children are artists. The problem is how to remain an artist once he grows up.” Why would an adult who has not learned how to express his or her creativity during childhood know how to do so once becoming an adult?
Because 3D printing is in its infancy, the possibilities of what can be achieved and explored are open to all of us. Adults, children and teenagers alike have the scope to build objects, printers and ideas that no one has thought of yet.
To the teacher or parent, 3D printing may look like a set of machines and a confusing network of wires and filament. Put simply, it is easy to switch off when you don’t understand 3d printer designs and the new avenues 3D printing can offer to the classroom.
That is why we are taking our 3D printing workshops into schools. So far, we have been to schools throughout Glasgow including Williamwood High School and Busby Primary School.
And what’s more? 3D printing is undoubtedly going to be a huge driving force of employment in the future. In this government report that predicts the UK job market in 2030, we are told 3D printing will “revolutionise production and supply chains”.
If you are a teacher and would like to have a chat about 3d printing or organise a workshop in your school, phone us on 01355 272828 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
In the next blog post, I will explore the seven types of learning and how 3D printing can enhance the educational experience in schools.