When we do something for our students, it makes a lasting impact. Whether we attend one of their sports games, talk about a movie they have seen or give them a trinket, it helps make that connection so much stronger. Here's a way to make that impact plus show them that reading matters: 3D print bookmarks for your students!
Bookmarks that have already been designed
In the previous post, I mentioned how to start the year off with student names tag/plates that were 3D printed. That post also shows how to get started with 3D printing, so please see that page on how to get started. In this post we will look at how to 3D print a bookmark, then how to take an existing bookmark and manipulate it as a custom bookmark. Let's get started!
Where to find bookmarks?
The place you will want to start is a website called Thingiverse and the link below already has the search completed for you. Click it!
Name plates for the first day of school
Usually when we greet our students the first day of school, we ask them to find their desks and they are greeted by these:
What if instead, we greeted them with these:
While this may take much, much longer than writing names or having the student decorate their own name tags, there are many hidden benefits to creating 3D printed name tags. You will create a sense of wonder by giving your students something they can hold in their hands, created specifically for them and that they can take home to mom and dad. You will also build curiosity in your classroom because the first thing students will ask is how did you do this or if THEY have a 3D printer in the classroom. This is huge and will lead to conversations about what else can be created. You can then build off of this by showing videos related to 3D printing, having other items to pass around the class and having the 3D printer running when students walk in the first day of class. From this simple gesture you will be able to leap frog into design challenges, incorporating 3D printing with projects and so much more.
Here’s what you will need to get started:
Windows or Mac computer
Which printer do I use?
Having a 3D printer (or more, but I’ll address this later) doesn’t mean it has to break your bank. You can start printing in your classroom for less than $400! While searching for 3D printers, you may see some that are able to print bigger or have extra options but you won’t need anything too high end for an elementary classroom. I use the Monoprice V2, it runs for $189 and comes out of the box ready to go. The only thing you need to do is attach the side arm where the filament will be hung and remove the white packing tape one some of the components.
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