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Having access to 3D printing in high schools gives students hands on experience using applied math and science - with tangible results!
Working with 3D printers can spark students' interests in design and engineering. After joining the Explorations Academy's Robotics Team and working with a 3D printer kit at school, a 17 year-old Hawaii student designed his own 3d printer - with only a few hundred dollars and weeks of hard work.
Another program in Fayettevillle, NC is using 3D printing workshops to help raise interest among teen girls in math, technology and engineering courses. Funded by local businesses and grants, monthly workshops are held in which students create 3D blueprints using software and create 3D models. These skills translate into many fields, from sketching out virtual worlds in a video game to drafting plans for the construction of a neighborhood playground. Access to training with software and technology in schools gives students an edge when joining the workforce.
“The classroom of the future may not look anything like the classroom of today. It’s got to have physical and digital opportunities for children to make things," says Diana Stepner of London technology education partner, Pearson.
Additionally, the STEM Education Coalition is dedicated to making these technologies a priority in America's schools, as a national effort for our youth to stay competitive in STEM-based classes and careers. Other smaller initiatives have sprouted from this common, growing apprecation for new studies and new technology as well.
Your future is bright, kids!