Learners across Dundee have been working with Dundee Libraries and the Digital Learning Team from Dundee City Council’s Children and Families Service to take part in the BBC’s Build It Scotland Campaign. This joint venture has enabled learners aged 7-14 to recreate some of Dundee’s favourite landmarks using a range of programs and 3D printers in both Central Library and schools.
This application of virtual and physical technologies allows pupils to gain a deeper understanding of the design process whilst developing their literacy, numeracy and critical thinking skills. It also supports the growing ‘Maker Movement’ across the city and the wider digital workforce, giving our young people a greater awareness of the broad range of employment applications for these techniques.
All 3D models are currently on display in Central Library until Saturday July 16, 2016 and the BBC campaign closes on October 20 when a second exhibition in local libraries will allow even more schools to showcase their work within their communities. The BBC Scotland Learning team are building a virtual Minecraft map where a version of each landmark will be added to this truly unique map of Scotland.
Gerald Strother, Senior Producer at BBC Scotland Learning said
“We’re delighted that pupils from around Dundee have been inspired by Build It Scotland. The enthusiasm and skill of the children is obvious to see in their representations of some of the city’s best loved landmarks. We have been blown away by their work and are looking forward to seeing what this exhibition inspires others from around Dundee, and further afield, to build.”
The exhibition in Dundee marks Scotland’s Year of Innovation, Architecture and Design by encouraging children to learn about the design process and teach them how to use 3D design software such as Minecraft, TinkerCad or Google Sketchup using PCs, laptops or Raspberry Pis. To celebrate it, the library has been encouraging members of the public to have a go themselves and see a 3D printer up close throughout this week.