The current article describes the development of spatial reasoning through 3D design and 3D printing when students worked on the Smart Car Design Challenge. Contributors to the iSTEM (Integrating Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) department share ideas and activities that stimulate student interest in the integrated fields of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) in K–grade 6 classrooms.
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Eric Schoembs, firstname.lastname@example.org, teaches sixth-, seventh-, and eighth-grade Design and Technology at Edmunds Middle School in Burlington, Vermont. He is interested in enhancing students understanding of complex mathematical problems and spatial reasoning using 3D CAD Software, 3d printers, and project based learning. Edited by Meredith J. C. Swallow, Meredith.email@example.com, an assistant professor of elementary education at the University of Maine in Farmington; and Susan Hennessey, firstname.lastname@example.org, who works for the Tarrant Institute for Innovative Education at the University of Vermont.