Teacher Review For MakerBot Thingiverse

Useful resource, but some of the content isn't appropriate for classrooms

Tami B.
School district administrator
St. Paul Academy - Summit
St. Paul, MN
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My Grades K, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12
My Subjects English Language Arts, Math, Science, Social Studies, Arts
EdTech Mentor
My Rating 3
Learning Scores
Engagement 5
Pedagogy 4
Support 2
My Students Liked It Yes
My Students Learned Yes
I Would Recommend It Yes
Setup Time Less than 5 minutes
Great for Creation
Further application
Knowledge gain
Student-driven work
How I Use It
When 3d design is introduced, this can be a really helpful tool. It can also be helpful for students to do mash-up or remixed designs. It's also a good source for teacher-created manipulatives you can print if you have access to a 3d printer. A word of caution - there are many designs that wouldn't be appropriate in a classroom setting.
My Take
Thingiverse is not moderated, so content might be iffy. However, it can be really useful, especially with older students. It would be great to have a Thingiverse created for K-12 environments. Caution: Many students would love to just find something on Thingiverse and print it rather than do the design work. Framed properly, it can be a really powerful design tool for students to understand the possibilities.