High-Tech Terracotta Warriors
3D printers offer the potential of almost limitless opportunities to integrate technology into any part of the curriculum such as Mr. Mickelson and Tang Laoshi’s Terracotta Warrior Project. Reimagining Qin Shi Huang’s terracotta army that guards his tomb in the afterlife, seventh-grade students examined digital media of the original statues and analyzed which physical details of the statues represent strength. Each student then created an identity for their warrior to inspire their design work. Models were designed in Tinkercad and printed on campus 3-D printers for this display. Students described their warrior’s identity in Chinese through a written plaque and a spoken monologue. These warriors are now on display on the second floor of the south building.