The magazine QWERTY – Open and Interdisciplinary Journal of Technology, Culture and Education is online with a special issue dedicated to digital fabrication and the role of 3D printers in pre-school age.
Curated by our researcher Giuseppina Rita Jose Mangione and by Michael Eisenberg of the Institute of Cognitive Sciences of the University of Colorado Boulder, this issue deals, from different perspectives, with themes extremely dear to Indire’s research: the integration of 3D printers in the activities of infant schools and its impact on the development of logical thinking, abstract thinking and problem solving, visual-spatial, geometrical and metacognitive competences in children under 6 years old.
The articles published in Qwerty starts out from Indire reserchers’ first attempts to answer two questions: should small children work with 3D printers? What do we expect from the encounter between children and 3D printers?
The publication includes the editorial “3D printing and the (very) young: What do we expect from this meeting?” (curated by Giuseppina Rita Jose Mangione and Michael Eisenberg) and a series of contributions coming from the world of Indire research: “Cognitive processes and 3D printers at infant school: stimulate cognitive development to enhance learning” (Sara Mori, Jessica Niewint); “Investing in digital fabrication: the schools that chose to provide themselves with 3D printers through the National Operational Programme” (Samuele Calzone, Daniela Bagattini); “Towards a Maker 5-8 K. Programme. Principles and applications for the development of geometrical competences through 3D printing” (Giuseppina Rita Jose Mangione, Maeca Garzia, Antonietta Esposito).
Read the special issue “Digital Fabrication: 3D Printing in Pre-School Education” (v.14, n.1 2019) >>
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