TC Students Excel With 3-D Printer

This 3-D printer is helping students in one Traverse City classroom.

RJG Incorporated donated the hi-tech printer to fifth grade students at Traverse City Eastern Elementary.

Over the last few months they’ve used it to design pieces such as plastic mustache rings and miniature bunny slippers — all with a computer and creativity.

Their teacher Karen Nelson says this machine is extremely popular in her classroom.

Not only is it fun and innovative, students are also using math, engineering and art skills to create 3-D figures.

“It’s a trial by error and a trial by fire some times and thankfully the students are not afraid of it at all,” Nelson said. “Our learning curve continues to go straight up right now.”

Nelson says this could be the future of learning in the classroom and believes her students are learning technology they could use in their career someday