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APR 2018

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thinking. This final lesson was the culmination of what students had learned so far and I was blown away after seeing what they created. Endless Opportunities I have been an art teacher for almost twenty years, and for the first time in a long time, I was excited about a new technology for my artroom. If my stu - dents miss a day of our program, they are upset because they are excited, too. In them I see the future of creativ - ity. I predict that 3D pens will open up a whole new world to kids and adults alike. 3D pens will give students an opportunity to express themselves in ways we cannot yet imagine. I have offered a 3D pen demonstra- tion to parents because I want them to understand what their children are learning and doing in my class. The opportunities to take students' imagi - nations off the page are endless. Michele Rose is an art teacher at Rita Drabek Elementary in Sugarland, Texas. michele.rose @ fortbendisd.com W E B L I N K the3doodler.com Introducing the Pens I introduced my students to the pens with a demonstration and safety rules. The tip of the pen gets very hot, so safety is important. The pens are also expensive, so it's important that stu - dents learned how to care for them. Students caught on a lot faster than I did! Where I struggled to draw and trace, they jumped right in and got to work. We started with simply writing names, and then moved on to tracing leaf stencils. Students used another stencil to each create a pair of glasses. (You can find 3D pen stencils to print out on a variety of websites.) Drawing a Catapult As students became more comfort- able with the pens, we moved on to a more complex project where I asked them to follow steps to create a working catapult. This task required students to build and assemble sev - eral parts to make the catapult work. Students had to think critically and use computational thinking, evaluat - ing and modifying their designs until they were successful. Drawing Architecture For their final lesson, students participated in an architecture design challenge. Using the pens, they designed their own stencils to create 3D buildings and used skills in composition, algorith - mic thinking, and computational Using 3D pens give students the opportunit o express themselves in wa s we cannot et imagine. Drawing directly into the air was more difficult than expected, but with practice, I improved. I also found a great website (see Web Link) to use as a reference that included tutorial videos and troubleshooting guides. I was a little concerned that I might burn myself or melt something. The pens can jam, too, but once you use them for awhile you can fix that pretty easily. Once I felt comfortable with the pens, I decided that it was time for students to give them a shot. Functional glasses created by students using 3D pens. SCHOOLARTSMAGAZINE.COM 35

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