JWPMS students learn about 3D printers

Posted on February 12, 2018, in Academics

James W. Parker Middle School students are learning how 3D printing is used in industry.

Recently, JWPMS teacher Matt Laser presented a lesson on 3D printers to Mrs. Tuttle’s Life Skills and Miss Adams’ Autistic Support classrooms.

Students went to Mr. Laser’s classroom at the beginning of the day to view the 3D printer. While there, Mr. Laser explained how the 3D printer worked, showed materials utilized when using the 3D printer, showed several items that were previously printed and then saw it in action Mrs. Tuttle and Miss Adam’s classes returned several times throughout the day to see the mystery items progress. The students learned at the end that the mystery item was a minion!

General McLane schools are using the 3D printers to foster creativity and teach real-world skills. At the middle school, the 3D printer is used within the fifth and sixth grade Challenge curriculum. Students are working on the Inventionland curriculum. As part of that curriculum, Mr. Laser has introduced students to the Tinkercad website, which allows students to create their own 3D designs that can be manipulated, edited and printed. Some of the students will use the 3D printer to create models of their inventions.

General McLane High School also has a 3D printer as part of its STEM lab.

According to a Forbes article, the 3D printing industry will be worth nearly $33 billion USD by 2023.