kidesign™ answering the problem "Where do I start with 3D Printing in the Classroom, Kidesign created kideville™ which is available from Shropshire 3D Print and can also be delivered by Richard Smith at Amazing ICT, who is our collaborative partner in all things classroom delivered..
Not simply a one-off lesson, kideville™ is a term-long introduction to 3D CAD and Design, it will help teachers and students overcome the question "What do we do with our 3D Printer?"
kideville™ is a complete kit which steers teachers and students through to creating their very own real CAD designs and 3D Prints.
kideville™, is a collaborative city design project for children, with a full curriculum for teachers. Each student gets a design brief for a building, and they are guided through a term-long process of research, ideation, sketching, urban planning, 3D design and printing. This curriculum includes teamwork, project management and practical skills that equip children for jobs of the future.
CAD & 3D Printing Skills
kideville™ introduces children to practical 3D modelling and 3D printing skills. kideville encourages children to reconnect the physical and digital worlds though making, and learn the value of computer aided design. Through the project, the students will learn about 3D and spacial geometry and understand scale and proportions in both virtual and real environments. Most importantly, our product makes it easy and effective for teachers to deliver 3D Design lessons.
Much like a game, each student is assigned a creative mission, based on their interests, that takes them through a full design and project management process. The teacher curates this journey that includes research, ideation, sketching, CAD modelling, 3D printing and presenting. kideville™ inspires students to obtain the skills and knowledge in STEM and pursue careers in design, technology and engineering. Our curriculum learning materials are filled with lesson plans and activities, which help educators guide their students though the design process.
Learn through Making
Thousands of boys and girls around the world who participated in kidesign activities helped us develop a formula for an educational process that is collaborative, cross-disciplinary and fun. In these five years, our team has learned what motivates children and what experiences stand out in their memories. We believe that the best education is hands-on and that is why kideville™ encourages learning through making. Making sketches, making models, making mistakes. And then again making!
The kideville™ project is highly collaborative. Both the teacher and students are involved in the creation of the kideville™ island and settle upon its shores together. The whole class will develop an affection for the island as students design their homes on it, and then gather to provide the island with all the necessary facilities. Agreements are to be reached to decide where to place the buildings: this encourages children to discuss and share ideas on urban planning. The process is a constant mix of individual responsibilities and collaborative decisions.
3D design can be a hard subject to teach, but it is a crucial one to sustain the quality of modern education. Our curriculum was designed by academics and tested with children of different ages to find the best learning methods and processes. The kideville™ lesson plans enable educators to carry out 14 effective lessons without investing hours into preparation. We are delivering the value of years of on-site academic research, and the security of an effective teaching plan, all in one easy to use pack.
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