Makerbot will begin shipping its Method 3D printer tomorrow. Starting at $6,499, the new model offers roughly double the print speed of a conventional desktop 3D printer with improved precision.
The innovation "is heading on the path to essentially allowing anyone to be a manufacturer."
Two community college organizations will be hosting a "makerspace summit" in Irvine, CA in April to share best practices in building college maker communities. A preconference will help community colleges go international.
The lab was designed to resemble an Apple store, with floor-to-ceiling glass walls, whiteboard walls where students can take notes and share ideas and multiple stations where they can use, explore and experiment alone or in teams.
The Nebraska Library Commission is using a $531,000 grant to purchase "mobile" maker labs and spread them into rural communities.
A multimillion-dollar state grant program has delivered grants to 765 schools throughout Pennsylvania, specifically intended to expand STEM education and teacher training.
Robotics programs across the country are appealing to non-STEM-oriented students too, even as they learn science, tech, engineering and math (along with a whole bunch of soft skills) on the side.
A Michigan institution is taking advantage of proximity to a local makerspace for student learning. The University of Michigan-Flint Department of History has purchased 15 passes for Factory Two, a facility a 10-minute walk from campus, that will allow students to go in and use the space's resources for their projects.
A Michigan district is hoping voters will agree to a $39 million bond to cover capital needs, security and the addition of makerspaces to every school.
Three Southern California nonprofits with a global reach in STEAM and maker creativity have merged. LA Makerspace and Imagination.org have joined forces with Two Bit Circus Foundation. All are focused on helping students gain access to science, technology, engineering, art and math in creative ways.