Effects of 3D Printing and Design Software on Students’ Interests, Motivation, Mathematical and Technical Skills

  • Hyunkyung Kwon Texas A&M University
Keywords: Technology, Motivation, Mathematics, Technical Skills, Informal STEM Education


Technology is changing the way students learn in amazing ways. Researchers found that student-centered, technology-integrated learning environments help to produce students who are better able to think critically, solve problems, collaborate with others, and engage deeply in the learning process. In addition, the emergence of technology-rich classrooms helps diverse learners understand conceptual ideas and apply those ideas and skills to real-life. When teachers know how to effectively use the unique features of technologies, they can address the varying cognitive strengths and needs of different students. Because understanding the impact of technology and finding the best ways to integrate technology into the classroom is critical, an investigation was conducted to determine whether the use of 3D printers and 3D design software in a summer camp setting had a positive effect on student’s motivation, interests, mathematical and real-life skills.