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Integrating 3D Printing in the Classroom with IDEA partner, NextWaveSTEM

July 29, 2019 8:00 AM | Anonymous

A 3D printer is an indispensable technology for the modern classroom. The ability to bring any idea to life in the form of a physical object creates enormous educational possibilities.

Using a 3D printer for instruction isn’t just about printing out objects to use as manipulatives—learning opportunities arise at every step of the printing process. When designing objects in fun, lightweight software such as TinkerCAD, students think about three dimensional spaces in an entirely new way.

3D printers create a seemingly limitless variety of printable objects that bring vibrancy and clarity to lessons on any subject. From printing out a model of the solar system to recreating historical artifacts, these objects produce engagement and fidelity through visual learning.

An educational gift that keeps on giving, a 3D printer is also a lesson in and of itself. Teaching students how a 3D printer is able to construct an entire object seemingly out of thin air is a fantastic way to spark a student’s interest in STEM.

As emerging technologies become more commonplace in everyday life, the need to introduce them to students becomes ever greater. A 3D printer is an invaluable classroom tool, its learning opportunities are limited only by imagination.

Learn more about how 3D printers deepen students' understanding of STEM and the world around them. Join IDEA Professional Learning Partner NextWaveSTEM’s Program Coordinator Desmond Martin for a webinar on July 31 @ 4pm CDT where you will learn how to supercharge your STEM programs using emerging 3D printing technology. Desmond will guide you through the importance of exposing students to the Engineering Design Process, while utilizing 3D printers in the classroom. Augment student engagement while exploring math, science, and technology in a hands-on way.

NextWaveSTEM’s mission is to help students build 21st Century Skills by providing hands-on learning using emerging technologies, opening up new career and life possibilities.

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Illinois educators will earn one (1) PDH at the conclusion of the webinar.

Call: 630 628 1088

2735 Hassert Blvd.

Ste 135 PMB 304

Naperville, Illinois 60564

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