3D Printed World History Weekend

Sometimes our STEMulate Learning workshops are more free-form allowing participants to catch up and complete earlier projects. This past weekend was one such occasion, allowing exploration in new areas based on interest and current class projects.

Roman Colosseum3D Printed Roman Flavius Colosseum architectural model

Our local High School’s World History course is currently focusing on earlier civilizations, and I was able to provide some solid examples of architecture to take back to class. Many instructors were able to plan use for Roman and Greek architecture of early Europe and the Mediterranean using the Parthenon and Flavius dynastic Colosseum as examples for student project inspiration.

Greek Parthenon3D Printed Greek Parthenon architectural model

Two of our workshop partipants are interested in teaching about the Central American civilizations of the Incan, Aztec and Mayan cultures. The Mayan Chichen Itza structure provides an excellent inspiration for this class, as well as an introduction to the use of pyramidial durable construction in Central America, in Egypt for the pyramids and in the Mesopotamian ziggurats.

Mayan Chichen Itza 3D Printed Mayan Chichen Itza architectural model

In the 1700’s and 1800’s many models of famous locations and architectural achievements were commissioned by the wealthy, as it was in vogue to collect such exhibits. Today, the potential exists for teachers and young learners to bring the same capability to their classrooms for pennies per model through 3D printing!

3 thoughts on “3D Printed World History Weekend

  1. Would be really cool to laser scan the entire colossium and print that. Incredible technology that gets cheaper everyday! Really enjoy your informative posts Kirk- you are a true renaissance man!

    • A number of curation efforts at museum holdings and locations of historical antiquity are being scanned and developed for 3D reproduction. One town in Germany did this for their historic architecture, so that visually impaired visitors could still explore the city’s beauty by feeling the models while their sighted fellows could share the same view overhead.