Cedar International School recently acquired it’s first 3D printer. This rapidly emerging technology is now being used in the secondary division to enable students, who are already becoming acquainted with computer aided design (CAD) and 3D modelling, to print working prototypes and bring their designs to life. This is an exciting development, as giving students the ability to create a tangible product spurs creativity, problem solving and inventive ideas.
Thibaud Guenegou, design teacher at Cedar said “In project based learning our students are exploring the entire design lifecycle; researching, identifying problems, and coming up with creative design solutions. 3D printing is a fantastic way of extending the learning process. They can test their concept in a tangible product. They can hold it. They can see if it works. Aside from the 3D object offering a valuable learning outcome in itself, the process of 3D printing an object can be a catalyst for creative thinking.”
Introducing 3D printing in the design and mathematics curriculums is the first step in fulfilling the huge potential this technology can bring to education at Cedar. There are exciting uses across the subject spectrum, in science, art, and in the humanities.
Scott Crawford, Director of Cedar International School commented that “Cedar has always looked to embrace technology and this is just the latest step in an ongoing journey. With iPads in primary, laptops in secondary, and SMART boards in every classroom, our learning environment aims to reflect the world our students will live and work in in the future.”
“The world is rapidly changing and many of the careers today’s students will have in their adult lives do not even exist yet. For this reason, an education that emphasises the acquisition of skills — not just content — is absolutely critical for a student’s future success. That is exactly what a Cedar education is all about.”
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