Students in Herrera Elementary School’s 3D design and print club are designing 3D toys of animated characters from movies like “Frozen” and games such as Angry Birds as holiday presents for children in their community.
“We wanted to do something nice for the holidays for the kids in our community, so our students made toys that look like little figurines, using our 3D printer and 3D doodlers,” said technology teacher Afroze Jahan. “The students used the doodler to create images from Angry Birds, Pokemon, Hello Kitty and images of cars and a spaceship.”
They began designing the 3D toys earlier this month, spending up to four hours a week working on the project after school. Students learn to design 3D designs using an engineering software called TinkerCad. About 15 students are in the after-school club, which held its first meeting in October and serves as a unique component to the magnet school’s integrated technology program.
“As a technology and STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) teacher, my vision for this club is to teach students the engineering behind 3D design, technology and printing using a 3D scanner, printer, and doodler,” Jahan said. “The kids are really excited to use this technology.”