by John Carl Marlo Andrade
Greater things are accomplished together. The latest 3D Printing Roadshow of FAB LAB Mindanao in several senior high school campuses of Iligan City can attest to the strength that collaborative partnership can bring. FAB LAB Mindanao conducted an educational 3D Printing Roadshow among Senior High Schools of Iligan City namely La Salle Academy and Iligan City National High School last January 14- 25, 2019,. The goal of the Roadshow was to provide an avenue for students to be exposed to the innovative 3D printing tools and promote design thinking habits to ignite their creative minds to innovate. By the end of the Roadshow, a total of 367 students produced simple 3D models and confidently used 3D printer machines. As preparation for the 3D Printing Roadshow, Grade 12 STEM immersionists from the said Senior High Schools were trained as trainers on the basics of 3D modeling, 3D slicing, and 3D printing machine operations. During the course of the 10-day 3D Printing Roadshow, the trainers from the Senior High Schools taught their lower grade STEM students how to design a 3D model with the use of the Trimble Sketchup software. A highlight activity that the trainees enjoyed from the Roadshow was being taught how to create a 3D designs out of 2D shapes. The trainers also enjoyed sharing their knowledge and experience in creating 3D models and in assisting hands-on learning activities on 3D printer machine operations. Eileen J. Villaruz, the Internship Coordinator from the Iligan City National High School expressed her excitement on the next round of digital fabrication Roadshow as events like these spark the creativity of the next generation to #makeAlmostAnything.