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Explain the 3D Printing story to another student. 3D printing is a type of manufacturing. True or false? What sort of materials does a 3D printer use? How long can it take to print some 3D objects? Briefly describe how it works. Give some examples of things that can be made. What are the benefits of 3D printing? What are the copyright concerns some people have about 3D printing? If you could make an object using a 3D printer, what would it be? What was surprising about this story?
EPISODE 25 TH
4 SEPTEMBER 2012 Learning Area English, Design and Technology
3D Printing Students will write an information report about 3D printing Begin with a class brainstorm to determine what students know about 3D printing and key words associated with it. Provide a range of information reports for students to read. In small groups, ask them to discuss the format and language features of information reports. They can then use the following plan to help them write their report. Information report plan Headings Definition
Students will develop an understanding of how 3D printing works, the products that can be made and the copyright issues.
Description Important facts about the subject in paragraphs
Structure of a report Introduction The opening statement explains the subject of the report, and includes a definition or short description. Students need to define what 3D printing is in the introduction.
Students can include photographs, pictures or diagrams in their report.
Description The body of the report is a series of paragraphs giving information about the subject. Each paragraph describes a particular fact about the subject. For example, how 3D printing works, products that can be made using 3D printers and the copyright concerns. The paragraph should begin with a topic sentence and is followed by facts that support it. Conclusion A summary of what has been said. Language features Reports are usually written in the third person. Present tense is often used. A formal, factual style is used.
Support students to follow the draft-edit-publish process to produce their reports. Suggested ways to publish their report include: PowerPoint presentation Oral presentation Reflection If you were to carry out the task again, what would you do differently? Related Research Links ABC Catalyst – 3D Printing http://www.abc.net.au/catalyst/stories/3323779.htm BBC News - Software helps print video game characters in 3D http://www.bbc.com/news/technology-19085980 BBC News – Express yourself with 3D printing http://www.bbc.com/news/technology-12921607 BBC Newsround – UK scientists create at-home 3D chocolate printer http://www.bbc.co.uk/newsround/14041933 BBC Newsround – Print off your own lunch with a 3D burrito maker http://www.bbc.co.uk/newsround/18427407