Assessing Project based Learning with 3D Printing

Alicia Stansell, Tandra Tyler-Wood, Gwendolyn M. Morel


A study was conducted with middle school students using a STEM transmedia book to complete engineering projects. Included in the book were optional 2D cutters and 3D printers activities that students used to solve some of the engineering projects in the book. The article explains the framework for study and possible ways to assess student achievement through a project-based transmedia STEM book.


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Paper Citation

in Harvard Style

Stansell A., Tyler-Wood T. and Morel G. (2016). Assessing Project based Learning with 3D Printing . In Proceedings of the 8th International Conference on Computer Supported Education - Volume 2: CSEDU, ISBN 978-989-758-179-3, pages 142-146. DOI: 10.5220/0005891301420146

in Bibtex Style

author={Alicia Stansell and Tandra Tyler-Wood and Gwendolyn M. Morel},
title={Assessing Project based Learning with 3D Printing},
booktitle={Proceedings of the 8th International Conference on Computer Supported Education - Volume 2: CSEDU,},

in EndNote Style

JO - Proceedings of the 8th International Conference on Computer Supported Education - Volume 2: CSEDU,
TI - Assessing Project based Learning with 3D Printing
SN - 978-989-758-179-3
AU - Stansell A.
AU - Tyler-Wood T.
AU - Morel G.
PY - 2016
SP - 142
EP - 146
DO - 10.5220/0005891301420146