We have just discovered this brilliant activity that allows students to think about the social impact of 3D Printing and just had to share it with the community. It was published by the British Science Association in conjunction with the Institute of Engineering and Technology as part of the Secondary Activities pack for this years British Science Week.
3D printing technology is becoming more and more affordable and opening up a whole range of opportunities, both good and bad. In this activity, you’ll watch a video from the 2014 Royal Institution Christmas Lectures to learn a bit about 3D printing, and then it’s over to you to think about the impact that it could have on society.
The resource consists of a single page lesson activity plan, with step by step lesson notes and links to further resources to support delivery of the lesson.
You can download the resource directly from the British Science Week website. Click on the link to download the Secondary Resource Pack (Resource Pack 2) and you can find the activity on Page 7 of the pack.
In The Classroom
This resource provides a really good introduction to the uses of 3D printing, prior to embarking on a 3D printing project. As part of the lesson you can also use the CREATE Education Blog as a research resource for students. Here they can access many case studies and inspirational stories of how 3D printing is being used throughout our community.