A program introduced in November 2013 to put 3D printers into classrooms has already attracted 1,000 schools. The latest is California’s Oakland High School, which is receiving its first MakerBot Replicator 2 this week, a result of participation in MakerBot’s Academy program.
The program invites teachers to post their request onto DonorsChoose to pursue contributions for an “academy bundle.” The bundle includes the printer, a technical support program and three spools of non-toxic filament. Support comes from America Makes, a national public-private collaboration working on research and innovation in additive manufacturing and 3D printing.
The Oakland school received a boost from local pro basketball team the Golden State Warriors. Currently, 25 other projects are seeking funding between ,400 and ,700 through the academy program. Among the projects are Sapulpa High School in Oklahoma, where a teacher is hoping use of the new printer to create robotic parts will spur his students to pursue STEM degrees, and Alabama’s Sweet Water High School, where a teacher said he hopes to use the MakerBot to help his world history students build models of ancient historical sites.
“As a former teacher, I believe strongly in creating a new model for innovation. A MakerBot is a manufacturing education in a box,” said Bre Pettis, CEO of MakerBot. “We need to encourage our teachers and our youth to think differently about manufacturing and innovation. When you have a MakerBot Desktop 3D Printer, you see the world differently. Instead of waiting for someone to create a product for you, you can create your own. It changes the whole paradigm of how our children will see innovation and manufacturing in America.”
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