Students using technology to solve problems
I like that the ideas /problems to solve are generated by the students but in their virtual imaginary world so reducing pressure to find a solution that often stifles creativity. They know their ideas can has application in the real world on a long term basis. They can go through trial and error processes without fear of failure and use a variety of media as they draft their designs. Using familiar everyday materials such as paper and modelling clay in the initial stages make the process accessible as they gain confidence to apply their ideas. Then they get to see their design printed out by the 3D print which adds to the “WOW” factor for the students. The students are not only learning and having fun but can feel empowered as they get a concrete model of their design and are part of a project that only 8 other school are doing.