Teaching 3D modeling and printing is a new endeavor for the North American educational system. Ultimaker, an open-source 3D printer manufacturer, has established a program that will bring youngsters and this technology together.
The Ultimaker Pioneer Program allows educators to feature their 3D printing expertise and knowledge by sharing content on the Ultimaker Education website. Contributors maintain ownership of their content through Creative Commons Attribution, Share-alike, and Non-Commercial licensing.
The content is directed at all grade levels, including colleges and universities, and will allow North American educators to access resources that may not be locally available.
“It’s smart to tap into what’s already happening in classrooms throughout the world, and the Ultimaker Pioneer Program will help educators build a base of knowledge upon everyone’s experience,” said Burton Isenstein, adjunct assistant professor at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, in a statement.
The program currently has a presence in 21 states with 58 participating educators.
“The greatest benefit of this program is the facilitation of collaboration and innovation amongst education professionals in the field of 3D design and manufacturing,” said Geoff Frankl, a technology coordinator for grades seven to 12 at IvyTech Charter School in Moorpark, Calif., in a statement. “All of this will translate into modern curricula involving this burgeoning technology, the paramount goal of which will be transforming today’s youth into tomorrow’s well-trained and globally competitive employee or entrepreneur.”
For more information on the program, visit https://ultimaker.com/education. To sign up to be an Ultimaker Pioneer, visit www.ultimaker.com/en/blog/21933-pioneer-program-launches-with-58-power-educators.
Filed Under: 3D printing • additive manufacturing • stereolithography, Student programs, Industrial automation