Importance of 3D Design

The future is 3D | Improved visual skills | Spatial thinking | Success in STEM

The future is 3D – teach them early

3D design affects many aspects of our lives; so many things we see and use now are designed in a 3D program. Yet, children are the last on the list to learn about 3D design. The future is 3D, so why aren’t we teaching children early? Currently, good 3D softwares out there are predominantly desktop-based, with complex interface that is simply too difficult for young children to use. Also, 3D design and modelling courses are typically offered only at tertiary level. Seeing this big learning gap, after years of research, development and user-testing with children, Presence Pictures was born. Presence Pictures is a course with a 3D creative tool, making it a wonderful choice for children to learn as they design in 3D space on a mobile phone. Whether your child is interested in watching 3D animations, playing digital games, building with Lego, etc., Presence Pictures can be their new favorite go-to for making and playing beautiful 3D worlds. Here are some benefits for learning 3D design.

Improved visual skills

3D design and modeling is a perfect way to engage children in activities that help their visual skills. Through the course, children see shapes from different perspectives and develop understanding about different views from 3D space. For example, they build a split level house with a vaulted ceiling (inverted v shape) and see it from the top, front, left, and right views. By doing so, children improve their visual spatial relationships and visual selective attention. Presence Pictures is also superior leap from Scratch’s 2D software in that Presence Pictures allow young children to still use 2D shapes that they are familiar with, but be able to scale and fit them together to form 3D objects. This helps children to naturally transit from 2D to 3D and reinforces to them the creative possibilities of 3D design.

"It is very fun and interesting as we get to learn to draw better in 3D. We also get to build fun 3D life-size structures!"

— Isabel, 9 years old

Spatial thinking

3D design is highly related to spatial thinking skills. And spatial thinking is strongly correlated with achievement in mathematics. Students who perform better on spatial tasks also perform better on tests of mathematical ability. Spatial thinking involves:

  • composing and decomposing shapes and figures,
  • visualization, or the ability to mentally manipulate, rotate, twist, or invert pictures or objects,
  • spatial orientation, or the ability to recognize an object even when the object’s orientation changes, and
  • spatial relations, or the ability to recognize spatial patterns, to understand spatial hierarchies, and to imagine maps from verbal descriptions.

Success in STEM

In 3D design, Presence Pictures teaches children exactly these spatial thinking skills with its in-built features like 3D cartesian geometry, angle, rotation, scaling and more. Research shows that students with strong spatial thinking skills do well in mathematics. Spatial thinking is a critical element for developing ways students think about equations and problem-solving. In addition, learning with specific spatial thinking tasks improves students’ abilities in the Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) fields. Success with STEM careers such as architects, surgeons, computer programmers, engineers, interior designers, etc. has strong link to spatial thinking ability and geometry, where strong visuospatial skills predict how well your child will complete 3D tasks in these careers. Therefore, your child’s educational experience should have an intentional focus on improving spatial thinking skills as early as possible. With Presence Pictures, your child can excel in spatial thinking with our 3D design curriculum.

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