We held our first Creative Challenge in 3D Printing and it went so well that we have decided to create a blog about everything we have learned during our first season. Our first concept is "It's more than plastic."
The first time I saw a 3D printer melt plastic I didn't see plastic. I saw the answer to many of the problems I was seeing in my daughters schools. I saw the answer to pushing math & ELA down our kids throats. You see, as a parent, i know first hand how easy it is for a school or parent to kill a kid's drive, passion, and creativity. First, in NYC public schools if your not excelling in math and ELA it is very hard to get in the "best high schools." And these high schools are funded way better than the other high schools. What message does this send to kids who excel in history, art, or imagination but not in math or ELA?
The melting plastic wasn't about math or science or engineering. It was about imagination and creativity. Did it use math? Yup! Did it use engineering? Yup. Did it use science? Yes. However, the end result wasn't about any of this stuff. It was about the ability to create. And with this in mind I decided to build a community of creators, innovators, and people dedicated to hard work. i decided to ask teachers, principals and other educators to come on board. And, they all answered with Yes.
The First Thanksgiving is one of the winning play sets in our Creative Challenge season. It has artistry.The plastic was painted. It has passion- it was inspired by what kids learned in school from their teachers. It has imagination. And, this is what 3d design and printing is about.