3D Modelling in practice: Auroa Primary School, Taranaki

August 2014


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Auroa Primary School’s Year 7 and 8 students have access to 3D design programs like Tinkercad and are able to produce material for the school’s 3D printer, which were purchased from MindKits NZ.

Auroa primaryDeputy principal Myles Webb says the students have access to the programmes in the classroom full-time to enable the students to develop the ideas.

“It’s great to see the students driving the learning with practical problems to sort out, and as a rural community, they have the potential to be practical engineering items for the farm.”

One student is building a clip for his father’s spray gun and another is looking into a handle for an electric fence.

One of the first projects driven by the students was a replacement hinge for a cupboard in the classroom. The blog outlines how Michael identified a problem, sketched design ideas and put together a possible solution. He then worked with Logan and James to create a virtual design of a replacement hinge using Tinkercad. The boys then printed off their original design, modified it to see if it would work, and then conducted repeated print runs until they were able to reach their conclusion.

The entire process was documented by the students involved on their blogs as a way to show the learning progression. They created three separate possible designs for the hinges so there were five in total and then were able to identify what worked best, including seeing what modifications were needed.

Myles Webb’s blog about 3D printing experiences can be found: http://mrwebbauroa.blogspot.co.nz/p/3d-printing.html

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