3D Printing to Teach Math and Scienceby Joan Horvath and Rich Cameron

Closeup of 3D Printed shapes being placed to create a Cube shape.

Math teaching traditionally used blackboards, printed pages, and the occasional teacher-created model. How does learning math concepts change if every student can have (or, even better, make) models to learn concepts? And how can teachers take advantage of 3D printing to make that happen? This workshop will introduce some of the benefits and challenges of creating 3D printable models for both K-12 applications and higher-level math visualization.

Background about math and science modeling:

Joan and Rich have been innovators in this space, developing two books of 3D printed math and science books for Apress and a forthcoming one for MIT Press. They will share their experiences, philosophy, and some tricks they’ve learned to create hands-on models of abstract concepts. They use the open-source 3D CAD program OpenSCAD to create models that students can vary based on the inherent science or math to create interactive learning experiences. Their current books and courses are linked on their website.

About the Instructor:

Joan Horvath and Rich Cameron are the co-founders of Nonscriptum LLC. Their Pasadena, California consulting and training firm was founded in early 2015 and focuses on teaching educators and scientists how to use maker tech, and teaching online for LinkedIn Learning/ Lynda.com and others. They have collaborated on 8 books (so far!) Joan is a recovering rocket scientist and alumna of MIT and UCLA. Rich is a 3D printing innovator, and the designer of the RepRap Wallace and the Bukito.