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Update: Spotlight School Success

Update: Spotlight School Success

SUCCESS! Since electing Liberty Elementary School as our Spotlight School, we have come to adore the Liberty family more and more each day.  T

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WATCH: Ms. Houck's TEACHER FEATURE

WATCH: Ms. Houck's TEACHER FEATURE

This week, we bring you a short video on a STEM'tastic educator! Scroll down to WATCH this educator doing what she does best - teachi

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Cool Vid: 3D Printing for K-12 Education

Cool Vid: 3D Printing for K-12 Education

Watching super cool EDUCATIONAL videos from across the web is one of our favorite pastimes! Join us in learning more about 3D printing in the clas

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'Tis the Season for STEM

'Tis the Season for STEM

'Tis the season for GINGERBREAD and working the delicious treat into your family - and CLASSROOM - fun. Last week, as students across the

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Bioprinted Organs Create Inroads to Cure Disease

By Staff Writter

Bioprinted Organs Create Inroads to Cure Disease

Science and Math

In the field of bioprinting, 3D printing opportunities have been slowly gaining momentum, even if it still seems so much like science-fiction coming true. Much of this field where internal organs are printed have yet to save any lives, though tests have already been done on printing organs like kidneys and even ear tissue. News is out, though, that 3D printers could even print self-created organs for implanting to generate electricity internally for heart or other organ issues.

Even more exciting is what everybody is waiting for in bioprinting: Creating duplicate internal organs to use for instant transplants when it's necessary.

Will We Really Reach Workable Bioprinted Organs?

According to reports from scientists working in this field, we're not that far away from being able to instantly print out an organ and replace our failing organs with a new one. New work is being done now on a bioprinted pancreas that could help people with diabetes. The twist here is that the bioprinted organs of the future may look slightly different in order to help modify existing cells and help cure disease.

This idea is already being discussed in the realm of creating all-new organs placed in the body as routers to help related health problems. The fact we could possibly create functional organs that differ from what a standard internal organ looks like is revolutionary on its own. Re-arranging how the body works is going into scientific territory nobody could have dreamed would become reality this fast.

All of the above looks to be about less than a decade away, which could finally put those needing transplants on an immediate list rather than waiting for years. In the realm of career opportunities, the job opportunities will probably be immense in the field of designing these organs. While there may be some who think we're tinkering too much with science, 3D printers can prevent mistakes that might be made manufacturing such complex things by hand.

Eventually, we'll have manufacturing plants turning out bioprinted organs on a regular basis by the thousands to accommodate everybody. With that in mind, will it virtually be the end of disease within a decade from now? It's a startling claim, though shows us the most significant way of any how 3D printing could create an entire paradigm shift in how we live.