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3D Printing the Living

3D printing, with all of its new marvels and creations, has given us amazing wonders to keep our eye upon. Many 3D printers can make almost anything out of some metals or plastics. However, there is a new type of printer that is much more earth-friendly, for it can 3D print the earth itself, or, plants upon the earth.

 

The project that began the eco-friendly printer was Project PrintGREEN, which has aimed to create on-demand gardens by creating living prints. The “ink” of the machine is where the real magic happens; it is made by a combination of soil, seeds, and water, which can print in the shape of any form or letter. These forms then sprout the desired plants, flowers, or grasses from their shapes. PrintGREEN cleverly uses the slogan “Print, because it is green” as a counter remark to printing on excessive amounts of paper that are often wasted or not recycled properly.

 

Though this project is not entirely cloning and recreating plants, it is amazing that technology has come so far as to print living organisms. It does make one wonder if the future of 3D printing will have any connection with the technology advancements for cloning as well.

Students of the Faculty of Education Maribor, in the Department of the Fine Arts, worked and created this project. They described one of their projects in detail and the symbolism behind it from its combination of technology, art, and nature. The students shared their view on creating the living design of the “Grass Bowl.” This is a structure that was printed with soil, and turns green with time and the growing of grass. This gives new meaning to the idea of “watching the grass grow”, and pushes us to keep our minds jogging about the combination of technology and nature.

 

--Jessalyn Kieta

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4 New Learning Tools You’ve Got to Get Your Kids Into!

We know that technology has expanded our levels of learning and given us a reach to so many new ways of teaching our kids; however, the expansion of the Internet has also made good learning sites hard to reach—and find! My compiled list includes not only online tools for learning, but products as well, since a balance of online and hands-on activity is essential for a good learning environment. Check out these learning tools!

 

  1. Mindomo—This is an online site that offers subject mapping, or rather, it helps kids lay out their ideas, topics, and subtopics to go along with it. They can also hold different media types, such as YouTube videos, photos, and additional notes. These “mind maps” can be collapsed, expanded, focus on one section only, and shared with friends via email. These flowcharts get the creative juices moving and inspire kids to look deeper into their topics they have interest in!
  2. Fisher Price Laugh and Learn Smart Screen LaptopThis toy gives way to playful use of electronics and the “internet” before the age of one! With this faux computer, children can press buttons that will show shapes, letters, numbers, colors, or object names, based on the setting. The baby computer is bilingual as well, so you can begin to teach your child English and Spanish from a young age!
  3. Brainbox STEAM Games: Set of 4—This collection of boxed games have just what you need to get your child interested in subjects such as science and nature, math and inventions, art, and technology! Each game is a memory booster on facts about each subject. Players study the cards with the facts and then try to remember them to answer the same blank questions on the back of the cards.
  1. TILCO’s Educational Shower Curtains—Spice up your bathroom with some learning tools in regular household places! These shower curtains have a range of learning topics from SAT vocabulary, several different languages, and math equations. The shower curtain is a fun, subconscious learning addition to your home space.

 

--Jessalyn Kieta

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