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3D Printers Win Big in Estonian Schools

Postitas Ede 27.04.2016

The vast number of student projects entered into the 3D technology category in last year’s national science fair demonstrates the keen interest for 3D printing that exists in Estonian schools.
Students competed in the "World Country Estonia" national science fair, organized by the Information Technology Foundation for Education (HITSA). Almost every third project out of the 175 was in 3D technology. The finals for the fair were held on April 23rd 2016 in Tallinn and prizes for the best projects spanned eight categories - 3D, animation, computer games, digital tutorials, electronic music, mobile app, video and digital handicraft - and five age groups.

An Eesti 2.0 workshop, held by a group of young talented students that introduced our current and future projects, was also present at the fair.

We were very excited that most of the schools that made it to the finals in the 3D technology category were from the group of schools that received 3D printers through our pilot project from last summer, and it's encouraging that even schools who did not yet get a printer are also getting acquainted with 3D modeling.

By far the most successful school was Voore Middle School from Jõgevamaa, scoring the best results in three different age groups, including a special prize for elementary school level.

The students from 4th-6th grade built a 3D model for a viewing tower, that they recommended to be built for the 100th anniversary of the Republic in 2018 in their home parish in Southeastern Estonia. The 7th-9th graders came up with an idea of a cable-lock, a device that would solve the problem of cables getting tangled up on the floor. The winners from 10th-12th grade from Sillamäe Vocational School came up with a Magic Pen, a tool that would allow you to scan hand-written text, while also operating as a glucose and cholesterol measuring tool.