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Bringing the MakerBot 3d Printer into the Classroom

I want you to take a minute to think about how your life might have been different if you’d grown up with a MakerBot in your high school or elementary school. How might it have changed your understanding of math, mechanics, or design? And what could it have unleashed in you if you had the ability, from an early age, to take things that you imagined and turned them into things that are tangible? These are all questions that are really exciting because the way things are headed; the next generation is going to grow up "MakerBotting". I personally can’t wait to see what kind of positive effect that’s going to have on our future.
We’ve recently started up a new educational program, the goal of which is to facilitate the use of MakerBots in schools.
MakerBot has developed a curriculum to allow students to use the MakerBot in classrooms. More and more people are realizing, at the national, state, or even city level, that there’s a real shortage of students not only prepared to enter careers in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics), but even if they are prepared and have the requisite knowledge in science and math, they’re not inspired to actually go into careers in STEM. So MakerBot not only prepares, but it really inspires students to want to become builders, tinkerers, engineers, understand how to take things apart, and build them back up. Good teachers being those who can actually make subjects come alive, and I can’t imagine anything in school that makes geometry and 3D modeling come alive more than a MakerBot.
Before MakerBot, 3D printers have been incredibly expensive and a little bit unrealistic for an everyday high school to have. With the MakerBot, depending on if the school buys a kit or a fully assembled machine, they’re looking at anywhere between $1000 to $2000, which is a much more reasonable price. So it’s much more realistic to think about a MakerBot in every classroom.
So MakerBot have been working on developing lesson plans and giving workshops to teachers. 
The idea is to try to organize a lot of the knowledge that’s already out there and come together with examples or organize existing examples that really provide a nice scaffolding.
StemBot 3D class is a revolutionary approach to engineering and computer science education. 
The curriculum teaches students how to 3D print a robot, assemble it, work on the electronics, and finally program it using Scratch.
StemBot 3D class
So if you’re a teacher who is interested in learning about 3D printer, definitely ocntact us.
You can keep up to date about when we’re offering professional development workshop for teachers in addition to finding ways we can work together and ways that MakerBot can provide support to your efforts to bring 3D printing into the classroom.
  • May 5, 2014 7:11:00 PM

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