Online library of 3D lessons assists educators in using 3D printing in the classroom
Y Soft® Corporation has announced that Turramurra High School has become the first school in Australia to use be3D Academy as part of its STEAM curriculum using 3D printing. be3D Academy, which was launched in November 2019, is an online library that offers an assortment of resource rich 3D lesson plans to help teachers use 3D printing in the classroom.
3D printing provides students with alternative ways of learning, rather than the traditional classroom setting and brings subjects, especially complex STEAM subjects, to life in the classroom.
3D printing lets students interact with subject matter to kinaesthetically learn and problem solve. Through exciting projects contained in the 3D lessons available through be3D Academy, educators can provide the motivation and freedom to students with hands-on immersive learning tools.
The teacher-tested projects in be3D Academy include a variety of videos, student worksheets and 3D model files to assist educators in incorporating 3D printing as a learning aid. Lessons in be3D Academy also specify the science, technology, engineering, arts, mathematics (STEAM) or design concepts that each project explores.
Through be3D Academy, Turramurra High School has increased students’ access to emerging technologies. Y Soft provided Turramurra High with five YSoft be3D eDee™ 3D printers to use for the be3D Academy pilot. eDee, a 3D printing solution, is designed for the education sector and includes the eDee printer and YSoft SafeQ 3D print management to securely, efficiently manage and control 3D printing. YSoft be3D eDee 3D printers have simple-to-use touch screens, clear step-by-step instructions for students, and increased safety measures, including lockable doors, and uses non-toxic PLA filament materials.
be3D Academy comes with already-prepared 3D lessons plans, letting teachers spend more time with students. These 3D lessons have been developed to fit within the Australian curriculum, with quality projects that encourage critical thinking. Students can see their concepts and designs become a finished product in a matter of hours. be3D Academy’s 3D lessons can be adjusted for different skill levels so students gain maximum value.
Will Delves, Year 12 assistant adviser, relieving head teacher of industrial arts, Turramurra High School, said, “Students definitely have an advantage having access to 3D printing. 3D printers let us facilitate transformative learning, which increases students’ ability to be creative and collaborative when learning.
“The students really enjoyed the program and it was also easy to teach as everything that was needed to run the 3D lessons was provided in be3D Academy, from worksheets to video resources. We even had a relief teacher with no previous experience in 3D run one of the projects with no issues. The 3D printing process was great for students, especially for visual learners, with clear and simple touch screen instructions and prompts. The added feature of lockable doors during printing, preventing access to filament materials, and the fact that materials were non-toxic also greatly increased the safety from a teacher’s perspective.”
Adam O’Neill, managing director, Australia and New Zealand, Y Soft, said, “3D printing is a great opportunity to increase access to emerging technologies for students and teachers alike. With YSoft be3D eDee we’ve made 3D printing easy. Now, with be3D Academy, teachers don’t need to worry about researching for materials to cover in classes as there is a variety of pre-planned 3D lessons available to pick and choose from.
“It’s important for students to have access to technologies that prepare them for future jobs. 3D printing and be3D Academy not only educates students on how to use and interact with such emerging technology, but it also gives them an opportunity to be innovative while self-learning. They can easily access the 3D model database on be3D Academy and print out any model they want.”
With great results from the 3D printing pilot, the school is now looking at how to extend the use of be3D Academy and 3D printing throughout the school.
Will Delves said, “Even teachers from more traditional core subjects have shown an interest in adding 3D printing to their lessons. The geography teacher is looking at incorporating 3D printing by having students design and print houses, which will be used to make a residential block, and bring to life town planning.”
About Y Soft
Y Soft develops intelligent Digital Transformation office solutions for enterprise, SMB and Education that empower employees to be more productive and creative. Our YSoft SafeQ workflow solutions platform enables businesses to manage, optimise and secure their print and digital processes and workflows. Our 3D print solutions are focused in the Education sector where they provide unique ease of use and safety benefits, while utilising YSoft SafeQ software for seamless 3D print management.
Founded in 2000, the company is headquartered in Brno, Czech Republic, with offices in North and Latin America, Europe and Middle East/Africa (EMEA) and the Asia Pacific region (APAC). For more information, please visit www.ysoft.com.
About be3D Academy
be3D Academy is an online collection of 3D lesson plans designed to make it easy to teach in 3D. 3D lesson plans are teacher-tested projects that use 3D printing to bring subject matter to life. Each 3D lesson plan offers educators a variety of tools including 3D model files, videos, student worksheets, and presentations in order to introduce the project to students. Each lesson indicates the science, technology, engineering, mathematics or design concepts that the project explores. be3D Academy also includes video tutorials and other model files that can be printed using eDee’s 3D printer.