There are discussions among S.T.E.M. educators elsewhere on the web, most notably in the K-12-FabLab Google group. The purpose of this Thingiverse group is to provide both educators and students with a sharper focus on 3D design and fabrication. This is an opportunity to bring together references to project ideas for use in classroom environments and to offer up best practices and operational support tools for running 3D-oriented curricula.
This group is a shared resource for the benefit of all. if you have a question to pose or comment to make, you should first search existing topics for answers or similar discussions before creating a new topic discussion. Postings to this "What's happening in your 3D classroom?" discussion should be limited to brief summaries of your activities and directions that others should be aware of.
Members are encouraged to add to this group Things they've designed that could be of benefit to others in classroom settings. Designers should include information about the benefits realized from their design and how their design could be integrated into classroom environments. This information may be included in the description of the Thing or via a separate topic discussion of this group.
I'm not a teacher, but I have one child in a grant funded pre-school and my youngest (hopefully) will start next year.
I'm was wondering is there is much I can print to help them out?
I have suggested to one teacher that I could print more parts for their marble set, but I am not sure what else would help.
This school does have special needs kids but I haven't talked to them yet. If I take suggestions to the teachers and the principal I think they will be more receptive.
Codeblocks in Tinkercad are the start of a new era in 3D design. Learning to use Codeblocks to create designs for 3D printing is a lot easier than using standard Tinkercad. Codeblocks contain values of design parameters that can be easily changed. It also has a built-in simulator that allows you to visualize your design being created from your codeblocks.