One of the most exciting aspects of being part of a tech revolution is sparking the minds of the next generation! We know that 3D printing’s capabilities are growing, and we enjoy inspiring students worldwide to hone their skills and innovate, like with our annual Extreme Redesign 3D Printing Challenge.
Another great example – Stratasys recently announced a partnership with STEM Inc., a unit nested inside the Science Centre Singapore. Since their opening nearly two years ago, STEM Inc.’s goal has been to “ignite students’ passion” for science, technology, engineering and mathematics. The center achieves this by bringing programs in the applied sciences to students of all ages throughout Singapore.
Teaching Skills to the Employees of the Future
Stratasys’ commitment to 3D printing education is well-known in the Asia Pacific region. The 3D Printing Experience Centre at the Stratasys office in Singapore has hosted programs for students, including two-day workshops in conjunction with STEM Inc. earlier this year. Four schools participated in the workshops, where students learned about changes that 3D printing is bringing to many industries, then designed and 3D printed their own models.
“The education program provides the opportunity for students to try their hand at it, and for educators to prepare skilled employees for the future, bridging the gap between school and the actual workforce,” said Ido Eylon, Stratasys South Asia & Pacific General Manager. “Moving forward, we believe the next generation of engineers and designers will be able to unleash even more possibilities in 3D printing as we continue to push the boundaries of this innovative technology.”
3D Printing Curriculum Serving College Students in the Asia Pacific Region
Stratasys’ free college-level 3D printing curriculum has been adopted by Temasek Polytechnic, a post-secondary institution in Singapore. Chee Feng Peng, a lecturer at Temasek Polytechnic, explained: “Working with Stratasys has enhanced the learning progress of our students greatly as they are more engaged in their engineering studies while they obtain hands-on experience to operate the latest 3D technologies, 3D printing systems and design for additive manufacturing, which are very relevant across industries currently.”
Having a skilled workforce ready to use 3D printing technology is exciting and a good match for the STEM opportunities available at the professional level – in Singapore and around the globe.
“There has been tremendous progress made in the areas of 3D innovation and 3D printing in recent years,” said Science Centre Singapore’s chief executive, Lim Tit Meng. “Partnering with an industry leader such as Stratasys enables students to gain early access to this cutting-edge technology and to equip themselves with better skills, so as to contribute to the real-world STEM industries in future.”