A multimillion-dollar state grant program has delivered grants to 765 schools throughout Pennsylvania, specifically intended to expand STEM education and teacher training.
To help educators understand how to set up STEM-oriented 3D printing experiences for their students, MakerBot, which sells 3D printers, has put together a bundle of free resources for teachers, available in its educator program.
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 new 3D printing technique developed by University of Michigan researchers is producing results in one-one hundredth the time of conventional printers.
College, middle and high school students have the opportunity to win scholarships by showing off their 3D design prowess.
The makerspace isn't just a fixed space where kids come and go to complete busywork. It's an extension of a well established approach to educating students that has applications and deep implications across disciplines.
Schools without a makerspace or without plans to implement a makerspace are now in the minority.
While more than half of school libraries in the United States and Canada (55 percent) offer maker programs to students, STEM isn't necessarily the biggest focus. The most common offering for almost four in five respondents to a recent survey (79 percent) was arts and crafts.
"Ultimaker Core Lessons: STEAM Set" includes projects for creating "coin traps," pill boxes, penny whistles, flashlights, accessories for a potato head, sphericons, components for doing block printing and tessellation boxes.
The program is available as a self-paced online course or as a blended course. The online option allows teachers to complete the course via MakerBot University at their own pace and to complete an assessment at the end to earn a certificate. It is designed to take approximately five to 10 hours to complete and costs $99.
Students in Vermont recently took part in 3D Vermont, a competition that asks students to use 3D printers and other technology to bring their state's history to life.
In addition to improvements in cost, the device reportedly allows for larger-scale printing and greater precision than many commercially available bioprinters. The team released its research under a Creative Commons license to encourage others to build their own as well.