We're not flying to India, but one of our projects is!
HackSchool is partnered with Devnar School for the Blind in Hyderabad, India--a K12 school for more than 500 visually impaired students. We started talking with them about a year ago and discovered that their students have a difficult time learning concepts that traditionally rely on diagrams in text books. This is especially true in the sciences and mathematics (e.g, the structure/function of the human heart, the model of an atom, or the shape of hexahedra).
They then sent us lists of concepts that they were in need of 3D models for (mathematics, biology, chemistry, and physics), and we have just completed our first set. Thanks to the hard work of our HackSchool Mentor Jesse White and a number of HackSchool students, we just sent more than 50 mathematical models halfway across the world!
Our goal is to partner with a 3D printing company in Hyderabad so that we can truly utilize the benefits of 3D modeling/printing technology in the next 6 months. This will enable our students to design 3D models here at HackSchool and email them straight to our 3D printing partner who will print our students models for Devnar's students to use.
Take a moment for that to sink in: a student who has never left the city of Denver could, within a matter of hours, design and physically manufacture a 3D educational model halfway across the globe. For free.
This is the world we live in. We're not "preparing students for the future," we're in the future, and students are using these tools to solve real communities' problems now.