3D Printing in High School
High school is a very exciting time for students, and with all the activities and excitement in their lives, it’s sometimes a bit tricky to get them excited about what they’re learning in class. But with college applications expecting quality classroom performance, it’s vitally important that the students are engaged with their classwork. Integrating 3D printing and 3D printed manipulatives into classes can increase enthusiasm, enhance learning, and inspire a generation of students seeking degrees in STEM fields – as well as better prepare them for the next steps in their lives and education.
The only question that remains – what do we have for you? Check out the collections we offer and how they can be used in your classroom!
Get outside of the classroom with our collection of active geometry kits! From our Parallax Kit and Clinometer Kit which provide an active way to investigate indirect measurement, to our Gliders Kit, which launches into the distance formula, we offer exciting alternatives to the everyday lesson. Then, come back inside and experiment with proportional reasoning through our Pantograph Kit or investigate the Triangle Congruence Theorems with our Geometry Sticks Kits. Plus, reinforce 7th grade principles of geometry with our Sliced Geometric Primitives Kits and Density Shapes Kit, which investigates the volume formulas. Check out the full library here!
Algebra, Trig, and Statistics
Whatever level of Algebra or Statistics course you’re teaching, you’ll find hands-on manipulatives to spice up your class. From an extensive array of probability kits, to geometric proofs of algebraic principles, and a wide selection of data-generating kits, we’ve got it all. Investigate sampling methodologies with our STEM-integrated Lionfish Sampling Kit, Ocean Topography Mapping Kit, and Quadrat Kits. Get outside with our Clinometer Kit for indirect measurement, or integrate Trigonometry into our Ballista Force/Generator Kit when determining how to set up the launch angle. Furthermore, integrate physics with our New York Balance Kit as you explore proportional reasoning and our Catapult Kits as you graph equations of quadratics. Check out the full library here!
Already a great course for hands-on exploration and STEM integration, we bring it to the next level with our 3D printed kits. One of our most-versatile kits is our Wide Meter Stick Ramp Kit, which utilizes meter sticks to create an adjustable ramp compatible with a variety of common carts. (For information on the Mantis cart build specifically for this, visit our post on their sensor-integration.) Featuring transition pieces that allow for a smooth transition from the ramp to a flat surface, this ramp is the perfect base for a variety of acceleration experiments. Don’t want to be limited to the ground? Our library also includes a wide variety of projectile motion kits, from catapults to rockets and gliders to ballistas. Each of these is designed with optional variables and controls to be adapted to a variety of lesson plans. In other areas of physics, we offer optics set-ups, consistent force-generators, clinometers, and explorations of simple machines, including our New York Balance Kit which addresses proportional reasoning for further STEM integration. Check out the full library here!
Biology, Ecology, and Chemistry
This is where we really shine. Our library of high-school biological science kits is incredibly comprehensive and useful in courses on biochemistry, ecology, and even anatomy and physiology. If you’re looking for scale replicas of hard- or impossible-to-get specimens, or in-depth biochemical models, we have you covered. Investigating the lobes of the brain? Check out our 3D puzzle model. Comparing the form and function of the macromolecules? 3D print our specialized kits on each of the four types of macromolecules! Exploring evolution? Our library boasts a series of hominid skulls as well as to-scale Darwin’s finches, so you can physically measure and collect data on the different species. Interested in genetics? Utilize our DNA, Chromosomes, Punnett Dice, etc. to investigate genetic variance, mutations, and more. More interested in plants? We’ve got you covered there, too, with detailed looks at seeds, trichomes (coming soon) and more! In chemistry, explore enzymes, chromatography, and nuclear decay. The options are truly endless.
Which kit are you most excited to integrate into your curriculum? Tell us in the comments!
So, are you ready to bring vetted, hands-on learning to your classroom through one of the most exciting cutting-edge technologies available to us today?