Astro Granny takes on STEM
Now that the kids are on their summer holidays it’s always hard to get them interested in anything remotely STEM related. Summer Camps, TV, computer games, social media……. Enter Planet Zebunar!
Planet Zebunar is an educational series of products designed to inspire the next generation of engineers, astronauts, scientists and innovators. These products, with some online and offline elements, are designed to engage the different ways that children play and learn.
Planet Zebunar is set in a galaxy far, far away with the characters and story being central elements to draw on the imagination and excitement of the child. There is a free augmented reality app that brings this whole world to life. For all those adventurous 7-11-year-olds, they can travel across the galaxy and help the crew save Planet Zebunar and its weird and wonderful inhabitants.
Part of this world is a character called ‘Astro Granny’. She will be the one to get your kids switched on to STEM without even them realising it! We were approached by founder Dr Norah Patten about printing ‘Astro Granny’, on the Mcor ARKe and you can see the results below.
The initial file needed some work in order to improve the design – for example adding texture and depth to the skin. We coordinated with their designer and Norah until we got a file that truly makes Granny look like the real deal!
3D printing itself is a great way of encouraging kids in STEM and STEAM – it really makes it less subject centric and broadens the learning spectrum. At Mcor we are really interested in introducing 3D printing to schools as early as possible – full colour 3D printing brings so many subjects alive – http://mcortechnologies.com/3d-printing-a-revolution-is-coming-not-on-the-production-floor-but-in-the-classroom-part-2/
So if our full colour ‘Astro Granny’ can get kids into STEM we are all for it!
As a faculty member at the International Space University Dr Patten certainly appears to be on a mission to get children excited by STEM. She herself had an opportunity to visit NASA at age 11- this experience sparked an excitement that shaped the course of her life. Realising that not every child gets this opportunity, she is seeking to bring that opportunity to children through Planet Zebunar. There is no doubt that introducing children to innovative technology outside the classroom will foster a generation of independent thinkers who are creative and can solve a problem!
Planet Zebunar will have hands on activities and workshops including story development and character design at Dublin Maker this month on July 22nd so I would advise you to check it out!
And if you want to stimulate your kids in STEM this summer check out Planet Zebunar!