University of Oulu

Importance of digital fabrication and its implementation in Finnish elementary schools

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Author: Khan, Muhammad1
Organizations: 1University of Oulu, Faculty of Information Technology and Electrical Engineering, Department of Information Processing Science, Information Processing Science
Format: ebook
Version: published version
Access: open
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Pages: 56
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Language: English
Published: Oulu : M. Khan, 2019
Publish Date: 2019-06-07
Thesis type: Master's thesis
Tutor: Kinnula, Marianne
Iivari, Netta
Reviewer: Rajanen, Mikko
Kinnula, Marianne
Iivari, Netta


In the modern world, mankind is surrounded with artificial objects which are extended from small pieces of jewelry to the skyscrapers. These physical objects were separated from digital world, but digital fabrication emerged as unique technology which blurred this gap and made it possible to fabricate physical objects with the help of digital and hardware tools (e.g. 3D printers, CNC machines and laser cutters).

The purpose of the thesis is to identify the dynamic aspects of digital fabrication and its implementation in elementary schools of Oulu. Another reason of this research is to highlight the impediments for implementing digital fabrication in elementary schools in Finland. The research is conducted in two different elementary schools of Oulu. Finland is ranked among the top countries in providing quality education. Most of the schools in urban areas of Finland are equipped with state-of-art facilities. The libraries and laboratories have modern facilities with latest technologies.

The thesis research is carried out by using qualitative research method, which includes data collection by distributing questionnaires to the elementary school children, interviewing teachers and laboratory supervisors and getting feedback from them. Based on the results from questionnaires and feedback from teaching staff and students, the research data has been analyzed. The research results revealed that most of the students possess basic knowledge of 3D printing and digital fabrication but due to lack of its facilities in school laboratories, they are unable to learn and practice. The school teachers and laboratory supervisors with the help of school administration can play a fundamental role in successful implementation of digital fabrication in elementary schools.

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