3D Printing and Design for Kids

April 30, 2015 | Nalini

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Being savvy with technology is a key characteristic of the newest generation of kids - more often than not they are seen playing with tablets, smartphones, or some other electronic device. But this isn't always a negative trait. Technology can offer kids a new way to play, and also to learn. Recently, CBC Parents referred to 3D printing as one of the emerging technologies most likely to be used by kids in the not so distant future. It provides a wonderful learning opportunity to show kids that the creative or practical designs they construct by using a computer can be made into real, three-dimensional, solid objects. Why hunt for that elusive toy in a store, when your child can design, print, and play with something they created on their own!

Just in case I haven't yet convinced you that 3D printing is also for kids, check out this video of our past Innovator in Residence, 3D printing expert Derek Quenneville, speaking to TVO Parents about kids and 3D printing.


To help kids learn more about this new technology, Fort York Branch is hosting a club for children 8 and up. Over the course of four weeks in June, they will learn how the MakerBot 3D printer works, and will have the opportunity to design objects using different 3D Design software platforms. Each week will focus on a different learning tool and may include TinkercadTinkerplay, and 123D Sculpt+.

Derek teaching a 3D Print classDerek Quenneville, an expert in 3D printing, leads a workshop for kids during the summer of 2014.

This 3D printing and Design Club will meet every Wednesday during June (June 3, 10, 17, and 24) at 5:15 pm. This program is free! But due to limited space, registration is required. Registration begins Monday, May 4th, by phone at 416-393-6240 or in person at the Fort York Branch, and is open to kids 8 and up. 

Can't make it to Fort York Branch? Check out other branches in your area with maker programs

If your child is not able to make it to our club, try one of these books to help him/her learn about this new technology:

3D Printing with Autodesk    LEO the maker prince    3D Printing

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