Innovation Connector was able to host two 3D printing workshops for middle school students during our Spark IT Muncie workshop series. These students were able to learn about 3D modeling, 3D programming, and 3D printing. All of the kids that successfully attended all three days of the workshop were given their own Creality 3D printer to continue their learning journey at home.
The first workshop was held on June 28, 29, and July 1 hosting eight students. The second workshop occurred July 13, 15, and 16 with eight more eager students. The students were taught how to design and print balloon cars that they raced at the end of the workshop.
The students began this process by practicing their design with modeling clay and learning the basics of Tinkercad design software. From there they were able to upload their design to the 3D printer and learn how to load and maintain this complex technology. On the last day of the workshop, the students raced their cars to see who designed the most efficient vehicle with races for the fastest, longest distance, and of course, best looking! This opportunity fostered the future generation’s critical thinking and problem-solving skills while being creative.