Last weekend, we hosted two free workshop sessions at the Children’s Museum of Manhattan in their beautiful space. Kids ages 5 to 12 came from all over the country to join us, and we had an amazing time introducing them to 3D printing.
We thought it would be a fun twist to teach the kids how to 3D print emoji keychains, and it ended up working really well! This really got the kids’ creative juices flowing, and they loved watching something so fun 3D print before their eyes.
The class kicked off with a brief overview of how 3D printers work, and kids even learned some technical terms like extruder, filament, and base plate. Then they learned about 3D models by looking at one of the emoji models in the Blender program.
After looking at the model, kids got to see the machine in action: we took the 3D model and watched it print from start to finish.
For the second half of the workshop, kids designed their own emojis. While they were hard at work, our Gen Code team helped them think like professional 3D-modelers - talking with each child (and parents) about how his or her design would work as a computer model. At the end of the workshop, every participant got to take home 3D-printed emojis as souvenirs.
It was great to see the kids so engaged, and the creativity was off the charts. We left CMOM excited about bringing more hands-on technology events to museums and community centers around the city!