The long-suffering Flat Stanley no longer has to endure the indignation of postal journeys. Karen Bosch and her students have developed a 21st century solution to Stanley’s travel woes. They created 3D Stanley’s! Download one of the .stl files from their site, and print the “Stanley” of your choice with your school’s 3d printer. Then take a picture of your visitor in its new environment and share the picture in a Tweet or through e-mail (@karlyb or via email to firstname.lastname@example.org).
This is a great twist on a popular school tradition, and I love that Bosch’s students even gave their characters short bios to make them unique!
Since I recently did a presentation on global collaboration, this gives me all sorts of ideas. How about doing some sort of mystery print, where the students download separate pieces, print them, and then have to figure out to assemble them to make something? Or tweeting pics of 3D Stanley’s in front of moderately famous landmarks and having classes guess their locations?
I hope that you can support Bosch and her students with their project. Let me know in the comments if you have any other ideas!
For more information on 3d printing, including what you should consider before purchasing one, you may want to check out some of my other posts.