3D Printed Robots Teach Kids Science
(SmartPlanet) Brian Patton, an elementary and middle school science teacher at Princeton Friends School in Princeton, New Jersey, is using 3D printing to engage children in science, technology and math (STEM). Kids as young as 11-12 are creating robots in Patton’s classes.
Building robots is a new Trojan horse for teaching STEM, and Patton has observed that robotics is very engaging for female students who may not otherwise have been as interested in computer science as male students (female students react more favorably to the facial expression robots vs. fighting robots). The technology has also been used as a tool for emotional amplification with special needs students.