Web-based platform for generating 3D models of the globe (using GIS data), Sightline Maps, plans to introduce 3D printed geographic models as part of classroom geography learning. Integrating 3D printers in classrooms can go a long way in promoting STEM education among the youngsters allowing them to get hands-on training in 3D designs and printing. Sightline Maps is an innovative technology designed by California-based startup Irvine that has recently launched the kickstarter campaign to help kids learn world’s geography and digital fabrication through 3D printing technology.
3D Models to Make Classroom Learning More Interactive
Using Sightline Maps, you can pinpoint a particular location on a map and get it transformed into a highly accurate 3D printable topographical model. Such models can prove to be quite effective in making students grasp geography in a more fun and engaging manner. According to a Sightline Maps official, the response to their product has been rather positive, with both teachers and students appreciating interactive learning through the 3D printing technology.
Apart from geography lessons, 3D printed models can prove to be quite effective in science fair experiments, math, history, geology and art. The startup has planned several web-based lessons for familiarizing students and teachers regarding all these fields with an extremely user-friendly interface. The user needs to locate the desired area on the map and select it using a rectangular selection tool and click “Generate File”. The generated file can be downloaded instantly and then printed using any 3D printer of your choice.
The Kickstarter campaign is aimed to raise around $40,000 by October 8th through Sightline Maps to allow subscriptions to the maximum number of schools as with every $100 earned, an annual subscription will be granted to a school. Approximately 400 schools are expected to benefit from this subscription plan. The startup is also planning to add improved features such as full-colour models once the funding targets are reached. Backers can receive 3D printed map model by pledging $50 and customized 3D printed maps by pledging $100, which will in turn be used for funding the Sightline Maps subscription for a school that you choose, in any country across the globe.