In grade 12 IB English Language and Literature we are reading a version of Antigone by Sophocles. The concept we are studying is how ancient tragedies apply to contemporary realities and struggles. The students will be performing dramatic storytelling of the play as an assessment. This will be replacing some of the traditional essay writing of the typical IB English classroom. It was for this we decided to explore 3d printing to add an extra layer of impact and resonance to the assessment; to create masks that kids could use in the dramatic storytelling assignment.
The process turned out to be much more simple than I thought to incorporate a piece of technology like 3D Printing into an English classroom. Working with Dale, we were able to quickly locate, download, set-up and send 3D PLA prints to the various machines in the Idea Lab, including the huge Z18 printer. It’s not often that we can use tools like this in English. I am very excited to continue to explore 3d printing as a means of getting kids to think about the way stories are told.
The masks that we printed are also going to create a level of stark imagery that will stick with the kids for long after the play is done.
- 3d Printing
- critical thinking