Applying Handheld 3D Printing Technology to the Teaching of VSEPR Theory

dc.contributor.authorDean, Natalie
dc.contributor.authorEwan, Corrina
dc.contributor.authorMcIndoe, J. Scott
dc.date.accessioned2017-03-29T22:44:25Z
dc.date.available2017-03-29T22:44:25Z
dc.date.copyright2016en_US
dc.date.issued2016
dc.description.abstractThe use of handheld 3D printing technology provides a unique and engaging approach to learning VSEPR theory by enabling students to draw three-dimensional depictions of different molecular geometries, giving them an appreciation of the shapes of the building blocks of complex molecular structures. Students are provided with 3D printing pens and two dimensional templates which allows them to construct three dimensional ABS models of the basic VSEPR shapes. We found that the learning curve associated with manipulating the pen accurately and the time required to draw a structure is sufficiently high that this exercise would need to be limited in a laboratory setting to students each being tasked with drawing a different molecule; however, in the correct setting, handheld 3D printing pens are a potentially powerful tool for the teaching of VSEPR theory.en_US
dc.description.reviewstatusRevieweden_US
dc.description.scholarlevelFacultyen_US
dc.description.sponsorshipThanks to the University of Victoria’s Learning and Teaching Centre for a Scholarship of Teaching and Learning grant to pursue this idea.en_US
dc.identifier.citationDean, N. L., Ewan, C., & McIndoe, S. (2016). Applying hand-held 3D printing technology to the teaching of VSEPR theory. Journal of Chemical Education, 93(9), 1660-1662.en_US
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/1828/7872
dc.language.isoenen_US
dc.publisherACSen_US
dc.subjectFirst-Year Undergraduateen_US
dc.subjectGeneral, High Schoolen_US
dc.subjectIntroductory Chemistryen_US
dc.subjectCollaborativeen_US
dc.subjectCooperative Learningen_US
dc.subjectHands-On Learningen_US
dc.subjectManipulativesen_US
dc.subjectVSEPR Theoryen_US
dc.titleApplying Handheld 3D Printing Technology to the Teaching of VSEPR Theoryen_US
dc.typePostprinten_US

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