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What happens when 3D printing collaborates with the fine arts and science?

Participate and share

Participate and share : Poster

Wednesday, June 26, 11:00 am–1:00 pm
Location: Posters: Level 4, Terrace Ballroom Lobby, Table 36

Deborah Booth   Thelma Thompson   Laurie Underwood  
Our entire middle school community designed and created decorative cubes for the school lobby. The students 3D printed stencils to stamp into clay tiles that were used to complete the cubes. The project integrated science, social studies, art and technology. Watch the movie of the process and finished project.

Audience: Curriculum/district specialists, Teachers, Technology coordinators/facilitators
Skill level: Beginner
Attendee devices: Devices not needed
Focus: Digital age teaching & learning
Topic: Innovative learning environments
Grade level: 6-12
Subject area: STEM/STEAM
ISTE Standards: For Students:
Creative Communicator
  • Students create original works or responsibly repurpose or remix digital resources into new creations.
Digital Citizen
  • Students demonstrate an understanding of and respect for the rights and obligations of using and sharing intellectual property.
Innovative Designer
  • Students select and use digital tools to plan and manage a design process that considers design constraints and calculated risks.
Related exhibitors: XYZPrinting

Proposal summary

Purpose & objective

Our project integrated three disciplines to complete fine arts 3D imprinted tiles that were aligned to our science and social studies curriculum. The students researched items that would fit into either their social studies or science studies. Then they designed in CAD (TinkerCAD) and 3D printed the items as stamps or cut outs. The 3D printed items were pressed into tiles of clay and then put into the kiln. Once the tiles were ready they were attached to large wooden cubes. The finished cubes are displayed in the main lobby of the school and can be used as tables or for seating.
At Open House the cubes were unveiled to all of the parents. Everyone was thrilled with the completed project. Our favorite was the seventh grade cube that incorporated nature from science and state history from social studies.
Each participant that stops at our ISTE display would be able to use one of the stamps or cut outs that our students 3D printed. The participant will be able to take their tile with them. They make great coasters or as drink holders in cars.

Supporting research

Digital Citizenship in Schools by Ribble
Reinventing Project Based Learning by Boss & Krauss
Getting Started with Makerspaces by Wells

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Deborah Booth, Epping School District
Thelma Thompson, Epping School District
Laurie Underwood, Epping School District

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