3D Printing in STEMies Club

3D printing refers to the additive manufacturing process that builds a physical object from a three-dimensional digital model created by computer-aided design software(CAD).  STEMies Club girls this term designed and 3D printed an object.


They learnt how to use TinkerCad software, which is browser-based and free, to design an avatar or an object of their choice.  Then how to save their work as an .stl  file and export it. It was loaded into Cura software to be printed on our Aldi 3D printer.

The girls loved watching their models being made layer by layer.

The girls finished the term by creating a way of storing their models. The balsa wood was popular to build platforms, tables and frames.

It was another fun term of incorporating many STEM elements in our Junior Library Makerspace.

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Jackie Child
Jackie Child has been teaching primary aged students for 40 years in a number of countries. She is passionate about how children learn through constructivist pedagogy. She is a Teacher Librarian at St Aidan’s Anglican Girls’ School and a sessional tutor at Griffith University for pre-service teachers. Jackie doesn’t believe in standing still, there is always plenty to ‘do’ and learn!