3D Printing Perfection

3D Printing Perfection photo

Fourth-and fifth-grade students enrolled in the Gifted and Talented Program at Academy Street Elementary School recently took part in a 3D-printing activity in which they created their own designs from scratch.

The young engineers first brainstormed amongst one another in order to create computer animated designs for characters using the online website, Tinkercad. The program is credited as being one of the most popular classroom tools for creating 3D simple designs from scratch, as students are able to quickly rearrange their tangram-style designs without hassle. 

Joining the students and program teacher Ellen Vlachos for the project was Bayport-Blue Point Public Library technology librarian Stephen Burg, who was on hand to teach the students about CAD and 3D printing. The students created animal-themed designs, such as a swan or the popular “Rocktopus,” which portrayed a rock-and-roll style octopus character.

In addition to their original creature designs, the fifth-grade students also designed logos to accompany their original 3D creations.