Students (11-12 years old) from the 4o Dimotiko Sxoleio Pefkis, Athens-Greece are participating in the Erasmus KA2 program Print3D. The aim of the program is to use technology and more specifically 3D printers to design and print objects to help the integration of visually impaired students at school. #PRINT3D #erasmusproject
Activity1 : School’s Name in both Braille and Greek characters
Students worked in groups and, thanks to using Tinkercad, they designed their school’s name both in Braille and Greek Letters. Each group designed a cube with specific dimensions. Then they exported their designs to stl in order to print them in the 3D printer.
Activity 2 : Design and 3D print school’s floor maps
Students used Tinkercad to design 3D floor maps of their school. First, they drew the floor plans on paper and after that, they used Tinkercad to create 3D designs. Then they 3D printed them!
Activity 3: Create a neighborhood map for visually impaired students
In plenary, we used Touch Mapper – a web tool to create a tactile map without buildings of our school’s neighbourhood. Students used the 3D design generated from Touch Mapper and uploaded it in Tinkercad where they added the 3D elements they thought that might help visually impaired students. This group of students chose to add their school, a small park, a municipal gymnasium and a sport stadium, and of course their houses! The new neighborhood tactile map was then 3D printed and painted.
Links of Materials and References used
- SCIENTIX 2 WEBINAR – 3D PRINTING AND STEM EDUCATION
- Greek Braille
- Web 3D Design Tool Tinkercad Web Tool: https://www.tinkercad.com/
- Quick reference guide in Greek for Tinkercad (created for students neeed)
- Web Tactile Map creator Touch Mapper: https://touch-mapper.org/en/
- Tutorial for braille cubes from PrintLab
- Web 3D Braille Creator Touch See
- Promoting Inclusion Through Educational 3D-Printing Courses – Erasmus+ Print 3D
- Introduction to 3D Design with FreeCad Courses – Erasmus+ Print3D
- School site: 4o Dimotiko Sxoleio Pefkis
- Our Stem page Dissemination
- Erasmus+ Print3D page