3D printing in education is on the rise. The 2014 New Media Consortium Horizon Report lists 3D printing as an important technology to watch in the coming years. The NMC notes that, “One of the most significant aspects of 3D printing for teaching and learning is that it enables more authentic exploration of objects that may not be readily available to schools.” In September 2014, the American Library Association released a new educational policy campaign promoting the use of 3D printers for education in libraries.
1-Day, On-Site Professional Development Workshop for 3D Printing
* Price includes your Printrbot printer & accessories, plus workshop fees for up to 5 participants. Workshops are currently available only in select cities. Please use the form to request availability information in your area
We are pleased to offer a 4-hour, hands-on workshop for 3D printing. No prior experience is necessary, and this workshop will get your team up and running with the fundamentals of 3D printing. By the end of the workshop, they will be prepared to deliver 3D printing programs and pedagogy.
Our trainer will travel to your location with all materials and equipment for the workshop. After 1 hour of setup, he or she will train your team in a hands-on session lasting for 4 hours.
- 4 hours of direct, hands-on training with the fundamentals of 3D printing
- Your own Printrbot Simple Metal 3D printer – fully configured and installed
- All software installed and configured on your Mac or Windows PC
- Printrbot accessory kit that includes sample pack of PLA printer filament, handle, and PLA spool rack
The training program covers the following topics:
- Fundamentals of 3D printing technology
- Setting up and operating your 3D Printer
- Troubleshooting and safety
- Basics of 3D design using Google SketchUp Make (free software)
- 3D printing pedagogy and curriculum (Integrated with our Embodied Learning framework)
Why 3D Printing in Education?
Since it’s first introduction, 3D printing has redefined all aspects of the design and manufacturing process, impacting industries as varied as automobile manufacturing to retail sales. In recent years, we have seen a new generation of 3D printers. These are low-cost and easy to maintain – suitable for individual and educational uses.
3D printing promises to have a transformative impact on education, reshaping teaching and learning in schools and museums. For example, 3D printing in education can:
- provide 3D visual aids to help students understand complex concepts
- open new opportunities for constructive learning across all subjects
- prepare students for career skills they will need in 21st century design and manufacturing
- engage students and teachers in hands-on learning activities