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3D Printing for the Mathematics Classroom

Explore and create
Pre-registration required

Explore and create : BYOD

Sunday, June 23, 3:00–4:00 pm
Location: 118A

Dr. Elana Reiser  
In this hands-on session, learn how to incorporate 3D printing into your mathematics classroom. We will start with a brief overview of how 3D printing works followed by an introduction to 3D design. We will go through some already-created activities and you will begin to create your own.

Audience: Teachers, Teacher education/higher ed faculty
Skill level: Beginner
Attendee devices: Devices required
Attendee device specification: Laptop: Chromebook, Mac, PC
Participant accounts, software and other materials: It will save time if you create an account on and on before the workshop.
Focus: Digital age teaching & learning
Topic: Maker activities and programs
Grade level: 6-12
Subject area: Math, STEM/STEAM
ISTE Standards: For Students:
Empowered Learner
  • Students use technology to seek feedback that informs and improves their practice and to demonstrate their learning in a variety of ways.
For Educators:
  • Design authentic learning activities that align with content area standards and use digital tools and resources to maximize active, deep learning.
Related exhibitors: MakerBot 3D Printers

Proposal summary

Purpose & objective

After completing this presentation participants will
1 - understand the 3D design process
2 - understand how students can be creators
3 - learn how to create and customize objects for 3D printing
4 - experience examples of math lessons that utilize 3D printing
5 - have practice going through the process of modifying a lesson to include a 3D printing component.


Overview of 3D printing technology and design programs (10 minutes)

In small groups participants will engage in a couple math activities that utilize 3D printing (20 minutes)

Using your laptop we will go through an activity in TinkerCad to get familiar with how it works (10 minutes)

Participants begin working on their own 3D design (20 minutes)

Supporting research

Using 3D Print Models in the Classroom

3D Printers Add a New Dimension to Classrooms

7 Benefits of Using 3D Printing Technology in Education

eLearning and eMaking: 3D Printing Blurring the Digital and the Physical

Classroom innovation through 3D printing

3D Printing for Mathematical Visualisation

Inclusion and Education: 3D Printing for Integrated Classrooms

Open source 3D printing as a means of learning: An educational experiment in two high schools in Greece

Open-source 3-D printing technologies for education: Bringing additive manufacturing to the classroom

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Dr. Elana Reiser, St. Joseph's College

Elana Reiser grew up on Long Island. She has a BA and MA in mathematics from Binghamton University and an Ed.D. in mathematics education from Teachers College, Columbia University. Elana has taught math at St. Joseph’s College on Long Island since 2003. She is the author of the books Teaching Mathematics Using Popular Culture and 3D Printing in the K-12 Mathematics Classroom. Many of her 3D printed lessons can be found on Thingiverse Education.

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