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Spring 2017 Impact

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43 became familiar with the material and technical properties of 3D printers. Although none of my upper level art education students had any experience with 3D printing, we were building skills in 3D modeling and 3D printing while experimenting with what a prostethic device might look like in this context. • EVOLUTION Students were given intermediate due dates so that prototyping was an expected part of our process. In our final review students were asked to show not only the final outcome, but to show the class how they used a prototype to implement a design change. Using design thinking as a framework to structure our investigation, students developed a range of technical skills using digital fabrication while engaging in issues of accessibility and disability important to preparing future teachers. Much of our activities in class were occupied with testing ideas, providing feedback to one another, and considering the broader implications of such a project and how it affected their understanding of accessibility in the art room. Design thinking highlighted the need for iteration in problem solving which every school subject can benefit from. One student commented, It took a lot of determination and strength, especially in the beginning of the project. I kept getting discouraged because I still was not understanding the project and my designs were just unrealistic. However, I kept re-visiting my design and making improvements and I believe that it showed in the end product! Additionally, our design process compelled interdisciplinary exploration drawing from STEM fields. Understanding scale and proportion, negotiating the material properties of fuse deposition modeling, testing prototypes, and gathering data about user experience were all necessary in addition to our own measures of experiential knowledge of art making, material manipulation, and aesthetic appeal. ere was an additional layer important to these students as future teachers in A prototype of a digit that can hold a pen.

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