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An Interview with Heather Calabro, Mid-Pacific Institute
August 1, 2015
We originally posted about the work of Heather Calabro and her class at the Mid-Pacific Institute last week. Mid-Pacific, or Mid-Pac for short is an Apple distinguished school located in Honolulu, Hawaii that has students from Pre-K up through 12th grade in what their website describes as a college-preparatory community. Ms. Calabro and her 9th grade students were able to tap into the power of 3D printing to bring history to life in their community. The interview was conducted via email and the transcript is below.
1) What is your academic background and how long have you been teaching?
2) What gave you the idea to incorporate 3D printing into a humanities class? Did you have any previous experience with the technology? Had other teachers also constructed these types of assignments?
3) How long did the students have to complete the projects from start to finish? How much of your lecture time did you have to give up so they could learn the technology?
4) Did each choose their own topic or did you have a list that they could choose from that you knew could work?
5) Given the success of the project, is there anything you think could be adapted or changed for next time? Will you continue to integrate this type of multi-faceted approach moving forward?
6) What would you say were the biggest challenges of integrating this type of assignment into a class such as this?
7) Does your school currently have any classes dedicated to either the design or completion of 3D printed objects? Is there any exposure to it in the earlier grades at Mid-Pacific?
8) What advice, if any, would you give to fellow educators who are interested in doing a project like the one in your class?
9) What do you think schools and universities can do to better (if anything) to foster STEM efforts related to 3D printing? What do you think are the biggest barriers to a novice getting involved with the field and the technology?