MakerBot, a Stratasys company, announced its ongoing commitment to enable better accessibility to 3D printing for STEM education and youth development by donating MakerBot SKETCH®, MakerBot METHOD® X, and MakerBot Replicator®+ 3D printers and 3D printing materials to several organizations that support underserved and low-income communities across the United States. With the addition of MakerBot 3D printing solutions, the Si Se Puede Foundation, Kihei Elementary School, Manatee Children’s Services, Inc., HATCH Workshop, and The Steam Foundation are expanding their youth development and STEAM initiatives.
MakerBot has one of the most robust 3D printing ecosystems for education. MakerBot provides a comprehensive suite of connected hardware and software solutions that address the broader needs of educators in order to provide a better learning environment. Educators can leverage the power of MakerBot’s Thingiverse® platform, which has the largest collection of 3D printing lesson plans and a highly engaged community, as well as the only ISTE-certified 3D printing training programs, MakerBot Certification™. MakerBot’s simple-to-use and dependable 3D printers, as well as its library of 3D printing and design thinking content, enable educators and students to explore the possibilities of 3D printing.
3D Printing for STEM Education
MakerBot aims to proliferate the use of 3D printing for STEM education and so it has donated its 3D printers to entities such as;
The Si Se Puede Foundation, based in Arizona, offers STEM programs and opportunities to underserved communities. Si Se Puede is building a STEM center that will use 3D printing for STEM education and educate students who do not have such programs at their schools. The new center will also be available to organisations that require a location for workshops and other activities.
“In every population that is not currently engaged in the 21st century economy, it’s our belief that at least 15% can become engaged in it. The STEM center was designed to fill a need in the community and that is to bridge the STEM divide that exists in our community. Learning how to use 3D printing is becoming increasingly essential as the technology becomes more widespread in the workplace.”– Faridodin (Fredi) Lajvardi, President/CEO and STEM Director at Si Se Puede Foundation
Kihei Elementary School in Hawaii strives to develop lifelong learners and global citizens by providing relevant, meaningful, and engaging instruction to all students. The school aims to create a safe and culturally diverse environment in which students are encouraged to create, explore, and realize their full potential.
Manatee Children’s Services, Inc., based in Florida, is a non-profit organization that provides therapy as well as various types of prevention and intervention services to youth in the foster care system. The agency intends to introduce 3D printing as a hobby to help relieve the stress that the children experience during the process.
HATCH Workshop is a California-based nonprofit organization whose mission is to awaken and empower the craftsperson in everyone through training, resources, and other means. HATCH intends to use MakerBot 3D printers to provide training to local libraries and makerspaces on 3D printing and how to best engage the youth in the area.
The Steam Foundation, a nonprofit based in California, is on a mission to make STEAM education available to all students in kindergarten through 12th grade through free virtual workshops that teach 3D printing, robotics, graphics design, and coding, as well as bringing 3D printing programs to under-resourced schools. The Foundation collaborated with MakerBot to increase access to 3D printing for STEM education.
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