Educators and STEM instructors are turning to advanced technologies like 3D printing to modernize their classroom curriculum. Recognizing the need for hands-on and project-based learning opportunities, Stratasys has developed seven new 3D printing education modules that are designed for middle and high school curriculum.
The modules were designed with the flexibility to allow instructors to easily integrate them into the classroom and modify the lessons to meet the needs of their students. The comprehensive plans include clear objectives, resources, design criteria and processes, with the goal of taking students through a product development life cycle. Students and instructors begin with a concept sketch, move into a 3D CAD design, and conclude with a 3D printed part.
“The launching of Stratasys’ secondary curriculum modules is the first step in providing support to educators and students who are integrating 3D printing in the classroom,” said Stratasys North America Education Manager, Jesse Roitenberg.
Each module offers a different learning objective and level of difficulty, from beginner to advanced level. Additionally, each module includes a toolkit that shares industry standards and 3D printing best practices. The modules were designed to be CAD agnostic, so as to avoid limitations in the classroom.
Michael Santolupo, a Stratasys customer and educator from John Paul II Catholic Secondary High School, located in London, Ontario, worked with Stratasys to develop the modules and implement them successfully in the classroom.
“These modules are a great guide for instructors, helping them to integrate 3D printing into their teaching strategy. They’re also vital to the students, empowering them to revolutionize their understanding of the design and making process while maximizing their potential at such an early stage,” said Santolupo.
Stratasys customers like Mike Hill, a seventh grade teacher at Big Lake Middle School in Minnesota, is eager to explore the new modules using his classroom’s Stratasys Mojo 3D Printer. “For the students, it’s exciting to see a sketch become a 3D part they can touch and feel by the end of the lesson. It’s a project they can truly have fun doing while also being closely relevant to the overall class objectives,” said Hill.
The seven education modules will be available to Stratasys customers throughout the 2016 school year. For a limited time only, Stratasys is offering a sneak peek into the Ear Bud Holders module, a week-long beginner level course. Click here to receive access.