3D Printing & The Design Process: A Pilot Project Between University Student Teachers and Grade Four Students
Abstract: This paper describes a pilot study that involved university students enrolled in an educational New Media course that incorporated a practicum experience with a class of grade four students from a local elementary school. The purpose of the study was to investigate the perceived effectiveness of the design process and determine the motivational influence of 3D printing. University students went through the design process in their course and then orchestrated a learning experience for the grade four students. The grade four students went through the design process and printed out their designs on a 3D printer. The data from questionnaires and video looked at the perceptions related to the design process as well as the motivational influences of creating a 3D print. Potential problems were identified. The project provided multiple layers of experience and seemed to benefit the learners. Overall the experience was positive and further exploration of this kind of engagement is needed.