PickyKidPix joined her brother at computer camp this summer. This was her first introduction to the computer camp that he has been going to for the past three years. They picked 3D Printing this year which struck me as the perfect partnership of ART in STEM or STEAM.
PickyKidPix, now 14 years old, would be the first to tell you that she doesn’t think of herself as arty (more crafty), nor computer science oriented although she does like math and science. She called this camp nerd camp and we wondered how she would fare since she wasn’t able to get any of her friends to join her.
It turns out that she does have an interest in Industrial Design. All her designs were practical applications of 3D printing. She made dog tags for her dog because she has long complained that the current dog tag is inadequate. She attempted to design retainer cases which took the 3D printer 7 hours to print (each), and were all failures.
She was pleased with her design for organizing her ear buds and also for a toothpaste squeezer that she found on the internet and recreated using the 3D software. All in all, the week at iD Tech camp wasn’t active enough for her, but it ended up being a great experience.
My 11 year old son went with a gaggle of friends and delights in this week of all day screen time. He would consider himself arty and computer-y so this was the perfect blend of STEAM for him. In years past, he did Minecraft, Minecraft Mods, and Minecraft with Java. He liked them all but he said that 3D printing was his favorite class so far.
STEAM Manifesto: The Art in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math)
I was thrilled to meet Paul Reynolds, twin brother of Peter H Reynolds of Fablevision at a Charlesbridge Publishing event. His new series with his brother is a picture book series meant to get first and second graders interested in STEM/STEAM. Here he talks about how STEAM came about … and he and his brother were at the forefront in this concept.
I raised my hand during the Q & A session and suggested that 3D printing was the perfect application of Art in STEM for educators to perhaps introduce in schools. Paul agreed. For schools that don’t have the funds to buy at 3D printer, Fablevision has a paper version of it available for a monthly subscription price that makes 3D printing in reach of most schools. It’s perfect for schools or libraries who want to set up a 3D Maker space.
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My Son’s Experience at iD Tech Camp, 3D Printing
iD Tech Camp does a certificate presentation during the Showcase on the last day of camp. This is my son’s counselor and some of his 3D printing projects.
How about you? What STEM or STEAM activities are your kids enjoying? Thanks for sharing!
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