Current Challenges in the Educational Usage of 3D Printing in Primary and Secondary Schools
Abstract: In this article, we present the current state of 3D printing usage for educational purposes in primary and secondary schools. 3D printing in schools is not used to its full potential, mainly due to the lack of quality content suitable for teaching and insufficient knowledge of the IT environment effective setting. As evidence of the existing problems, we present the results of two commercial surveys dealing with the current state of 3D printing usage in schools. In the educational context, we will discuss 3D printers regarding their technological properties and the issues that arise during their deployment and usage. Further, we present state-of-the-art examples of the teaching practice, including available teaching materials, and discuss their applicability. Finally, we give our proposal for the systematical integration of 3D printing into the curriculum. The presented experiences and results also aim to help integrate 3D printing into teaching practice and make it easier for those interested in taking their first steps.