Model of the Month January 2017: Engaging with the Angkor Wat Temple
Conor has often talked about the merits of 3D printing in education not just in STEM or STEAM but across the board. In fact, he has said that it will indeed cause a revolution in the classroom so to speak! Well now I have real concrete evidence that without a doubt every single subject can benefit from the use of 3D printing.
My daughter recently was assigned a project on the Angkor Wat Temple of the Khmer Empire! Now it is hard enough to get kids to engage with things that they have seen first-hand but this is something very far removed from an 11-year-old girl’s life in Ireland. So in her wisdom Ava Grace asked me if she could 3D print something that would help her explain more about her subject matter!
So this leads me to our model of the month for January – part of the Angkor Wat Temple! As well as being well known for its architecture Angkor Wat is also famous for its extensive decoration, which predominantly takes the form of bas-relief friezes. The inner walls of the outer gallery bear a series of large-scale scenes mainly depicting episodes from Hindu epics. Angkor Wat is known for its depictions of apsaras and devata; its architects employed small apsara images (30 cm (12 in)–40 cm (16 in)) as decorative motifs on pillars and walls. They incorporated larger devata images (all full-body portraits measuring approximately 95 cm (37 in)–110 cm (43 in)) more prominently at every level of the temple from the entry pavilion to the tops of the high towers.
This is a lot of info to take in for an 11-year-old student so we sourced a 3D file of a devata image on the walls of Angkor Wat! Believe it or not thanks to the 123D Catch app there was a 3D file created of a part of the Angkor Wat temple featuring a devata image – they were known for their remarkable diversity of their hair, headdresses, garments, stance, jewellery and decorative flowers. All this detail was captured on the 3D print of the temple and really captured the imagination of the other girls in Ava’s class!
It is clear that for things like history and engaging students with the past 3D printing is magic! When Ava Grace presented the project and showed the class the model she was sure to point out that even though the class could not go to Cambodia to see this temple she had brought a piece of the temple to them that they could touch and feel – she said her class were blown away!
Here are some images of the part –
It really is amazing to see the impact 3D printing can have on a class of primary school children. It brings learning material to life literally and engages and excites in a way that pictures and words could never do!
So every time Ava Grace has a school project she has a line of girls wanting to be on her team – wonder why??
Full Colour 3D Printing is the key!