NORTH SALEM, N.Y.— Over the past six weeks, The Digital Arts Experience (The DAE) has been teaching 3-D Printing to students ages 10-12 at the Ruth Keeler Memorial Library in North Salem, NY. The class used their new knowledge of 3-D printing to create miniature replications of local historical buildings.

“This class puts a unique spin on our normal 3-D Printing with Minecraft class. Working with the town of North Salem, we secured blueprints and drawings of a number of historical buildings in town, and the students were challenged to use Minecraft to create 3-D models based on the drawings,” says Rob Kissner, President of the DAE.

Buildings modeled thus far include Delancy Hall, Croton Falls School House and Bridleside in addition to others. After receiving the blueprints, students went to work in Minecraft’s creative mode to map and build out each structure. Minecraft makes for an excellent modeling tool because every block is the same size, making it simple to build to scale. It’s a natural fit with kids because they don’t need to learn an abstract CAD program, but rather can use a program they are comfortable and confident with. DAE instructors love using Minecraft in a class setting because it’s accessible; building in Creative Mode is all about exploring, planning, creating and collaborating.

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“I was amazed at how intricate their projects were. They all took their time to pay attention to each detail to ensure their models were accurate,” said Lory Murariu, an instructor from The Digital Arts Experience. “This project really challenged the students to think critically about the blueprints they were given and how to convert them into 3-D models for print.”

Last week, The DAE took models that the students designed in Minecraft and 3-D Printed them at the Makerspace inside their White Plains facility. With five 3-D Printers, The DAE has created thousands of hours of student work.

The DAE hosts after school, weekend and summer STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts & math) programs for kids and teens ages six and up. They hold classes at their White Plains location and also send instructors throughout Westchester to teach programs at various locations. To learn more about what The DAE can teach at your school or organization, visit: https://www.thedae.com/schools.

Article courtesy of The Digital Arts Experience.