Preliminary research indicates that three-dimensional (3D) printing machines afford a fun way of learning STEM concepts, particularly in primary classes. Educators recommend that 3D machines should be introduced to the students at young age to teach STEM concepts, develop creativity and engage in team work - essential skills for 21st century work force. This presentation will discuss how 3D printing could be integrated into teaching and learning using an interdisciplinary curriculum pedagogy. The presentation will show how Math, Science and English subjects could be taught/learned in a meaningful approach by the integration of a 3D design software to design 3D objects to be later printed by the students using 3D printers. The incorporation of 3D printing was part of an overall integration of Science, Math and English learning outcomes into a unit which encapsulate the learning required by the curriculum by fulfilling the Learning Outcome specifications with a program of study in which the students can become immersed in the topic. It provided a structure that provides the students with a concept of why they are studying the topic as well as illustrating the interconnectedness of their areas of learning. During the design process, the students are equipped with a set of skills that prepares those students to the future.

Author: Naglaa Ali

Published in: London International Conference on Education (LICE-2021)

  • Date of Conference: 22-24 November 2021
  • DOI: 10.20533/LICE.2021.0013
  • ISBN: 978-1-913572-42-6
  • Conference Location: Virtual (London, UK)