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AAPT Summer 2017 – PIRA Session on 3D Printing

3D Printing Allows for the Investigation of Real World Problems

Physics is one area that should be immune to the sentiment of, “When am I going to use this?” Yet I’ve heard this voiced in my class and to be fair I doubt many of my former students have ever needed to determine the flight time of a projectile launched in a vacuum or the speed of a hoop rolling down a ramp in their careers. 3D printing gives you the opportunity to either create or help your students create equipment to address engaging problems that go beyond the textbook. These problems might be the subject of national news or maybe just viral videos. In this presentation, I will share projects done by and with my students that benefited from the inclusion of 3D printing.

My Presentation as a PDF

Software I use for 3D Design:
Projects:
My Physics Models:

 

Working with Cub Scouts

Last night the Divine Child High School Robotics club gave a short presentation to Cub Scout troop 1127. The presentation covered their participation in the Square One Autonomous Innovative Vehicle Design Challenge. Last year was our first year and it was so much fun we decided to do it again. The competition involves transforming a power wheels jeep into an autonomous car. The club members also showed off our new Polar3D printer.

After the presentation the club led the scouts through building bristle-bots. We’ve done this with middle school students in the past and we’re happy it was just as big a hit with younger students.