When we talk to STEM teachers, one thing we hear often is that students bee-line to 3D print a design, add a logo, and call it a day. How do you encourage students to move from printing pre-made designs to participating in the design thinking process?
Welcome to the Classroom 3D Printing
Over the past few years, 3D printing has exploded in popularity, with 3D printers making their way into the classroom. We wanted to find a way to incorporate these new tools into design thinking for the classroom.
One of the unique aspects of the GoPiGo3 robot as a learning platform is that it challenges and enables students to build. The GoPiGo3 is a great platform to learn coding on. But what’s really powerful about the robot is that it invites students to learn how the robot works: assembling the robot familiarizes students with how the robot works, how the parts talk to each other.
Finally in Lesson 5, Designing with Gears, the curriculum walks students how to design gear trains and how to make more advanced moving parts for the GoPiGo3. The curriculum also shows how to design a rack-and-pinion gears with a servo motor.