3D-Printed Instructional Resources for the Study of Dimensionality and Symmetry for Development of Spatial Orientation
The D’Arcy laboratory develops 3D printed measuring tools that foment three dimensional spatial coordination; these didactic resources are designed to support the study of dimensionality and symmetry.
We design and fabricate tools that aid conceptualization of dimensions such as width, height, and length. These are optimized for middle school visually impaired students in order to provide a reference point for mapping environment, a basis for the study of geometry, and a foundation for understanding symmetry.
Symmetry is a fundamental topic in inorganic chemistry for fingerprinting materials, predicting atomic structure, and understanding physical properties. The D’Arcy laboratory utilizes the power of 3D printing for enhancing teaching strategies via novel custom didactic tools.
Student tools are developed in partnership with Missouri School for the Blind middle school educators who select target instructional foci that drive our collaboration efforts. Our main goal is increasing student access to concepts and skill sets in science and mathematics. We meet regularly with teachers and students to imagine, discuss student and teacher feedback, and refine the prototypes that are developed and 3D printed onsite at WashU.
Our partnership with the Missouri School for the Blind in St. Louis is an example of how materials chemistry leads to creative and successful collaborations that can directly impact classroom instruction and facilitate learning.
Our collaboration with Missouri School for the Blind was picked up by Make Magazine and published online on August 17, 2016.