Iteea Account Web Communications Manager National Academy of Engineering

3D Printers for the Classroom?

PostedWednesday, August 10, 2016 at 10:20 AM

The Rio Olympics are full of examples of what 3D printers can do. We have specially designed sprinter spikes, 3D-printed apparel that improves aerodynamics, and even an LED-driven motion tracking system for swimmers that was 3D print-assisted. With the cost of 3D printers coming down, they could become a wonderful way to teach aspects of the engineering design process in the classroom. Sound intriguing? Read what others are saying:

EdTech reporter Tommy Peterson describes how the technology is being used in schools around the country to foster creativity, build enthusiasm and teach real-world skills. He also raises cautions for administrators and teachers regarding potential intellectual property and safety issues. 

Educational technologist Kathy Schrock provides a number of ideas for using 3D Printing in the classroom.

And if your school doesn’t have a 3D printer, consider taking a field trip to a nearby school that does, as a teacher did in this NSTA Reports article, Teaching STEM in 3D.

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