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Saturday, May 6 • 1:30pm - 2:00pm
Prototype Production Activities: Using 3D Printing to Improve Student Engagement FULL

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Critical thinking and creative problem solving skills are the most sought after by employers. Encouraging students to take risks and innovate is the antithesis to standardized testing that holds only one correct answer. Students need opportunities to make mistakes and learn from their failures so they can persist when challenges occur and improve upon their original ideas. Many U.S. classrooms don’t allow for creativity and do very little to develop critical thinking. The purpose of this presentation is to demonstrate ways that teachers can begin to change their teaching to support creativity and the maker mindset in their classrooms.

3D printing offers a unique opportunity to bring STEM topics to life in the classroom. Unfortunately, most teachers have little to know training in how to design effective learning activities to make use of the technology. This presentation explores the idea of Prototype Problem-Solving Activities and shows how they can be designed to foster student engagement and learning. Using a constructionism framework and focusing on demonstrating effective ways for teachers to be facilitators, we will explore the potential of the process of prototype creation to learn STEM content.

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Antonia Szymanski

Asst Professor, Western Kentucky University
Antonia (Toni) Szymanski is an Assistant Professor at Western Kentucky University. Dr. Szymanski has taught several workshops for teachers regarding the use of technology in the classroom. She has written on using 3D printers to increase mathematics creativity, and how different approaches... Read More →

Saturday May 6, 2017 1:30pm - 2:00pm EDT
Meeting Room A