“Maker Faire Rome – The European Edition 4.0 ” is the Fair about innovation and digital culture which is going to take place at the Fiera di Roma from 1 to 3 December 2017. The ticket of the fair grants admission to the conferences, the practical and operational laboratories, ranging from Minecraft 3D printers, coding, robotics for infant and secondary schools, digital storytelling, to the new digital competences.
Indire is going to take part in the “Maker Faire Rome” on 1 December with a talk entitled “SugarCAD – the 3D modeller for schools (and everyone else)”, from 3.30 pm to 4 pm in the Livia Room, pavilion 10.
As Alessandro Ferrini, Indire’s researcher and SugarCAD developer explained, «we created a freeware software for 3D modelling, starting from scratch and focusing on the needs of schools. SugarCAD is a product which can be used free of charge, it doesn’t require a vast deployment of technological resources and is optimised for tablets and touch screen devises. Its ease of use enables teachers and students to give shape to their ideas».
SugarCAD enables schools of all types and grades to choose the best solution, tailored to their needs. Students can finally approach 3D modelling accordingly to their age and their level of experience.
The Indire’s researchers team developed a system enabling making and managing 3D printing laboratories in the classroom in an economical and easy way. The online environment denominated 3D Indire, includes modelling and optimisation tools for printing, and an area for sharing experiences and the models produced. The system is free of charge and includes a personal archive of shapes and models. In order to ease the configuration and the use of 3D printing programmes in the classroom, a dedicated server was set up. SugarCAD is a free software for 3D modelling, optimised for schools, in Italian and English.
For many years, Indire has been carrying out the research project Maker@school, monitoring the most interesting initiatives of “Markers” and “Digital Artisans” for education. In Particular, the Institute is studying the interaction between the Maker-space and FabLab models and the Italian school system, analysing their impact on didactic innovation.