Most parents and teachers reading this probably have a fairly specific idea in mind when it comes to how they perceive a classroom to be set up. Chances are this perception is quite different than how contemporary classrooms can - or at least should - be set up. Rows of desks and a chalkboard used to be staples in schools, but they don’t much help prepare today’s kids for a hands-on future. These days, students need collaboration, interaction, and active learning and it takes a different kind of classroom to help make this happen.
If you're like one of the many educators who can see the value of 3D printing in education, but don't know how you could afford a 3D printer or, more importantly, don't think you have enough room in your school, there is another way. The 3D Simo 3D printing pen combines making and art and helps facilitate a smooth STEAM experience. Its simplistic design and innovative capabilities help inspire kids to use technology to build design skills, creativity, and ingenuity.
If you’re looking for a small, easy-to-use, but high-quality 3D printer, the MakerBot Replicator Mini is for you. Before this experiment, I had very little 3D printing experience. I assumed they were all too complicated and sophisticated, so I was amazed by the simplicity that comes along with the MakerBot Mini. Once I got it unboxed, a sticker on the printer directed me right to the Get Started page on the MakerBot website. There, I was able to quickly download the MakerBot app and the MakerBot Print software.
So, you spent the whole summer planning and planning and you’ve got tons of innovative ideas for makerspace projects now that everyone’s settled into school. You’re even hoping for rainy days so that students spend their free time innovating in the makerspace and taking advantage of this unique way of learning. There’s only one small problem. There’s nowhere to put it. Makerspaces are very versatile, however, so if you’re struggling with finding the right place for it to go in your school (or any place), it shouldn’t bee too much of a challenge and here are some helpful hints!
Manhattan College is opening its campus to host some up-and-coming teaching products, including virtual reality, 3D printing, and more as some of their faculty members explore their potential for enhancing education. Mark your calendars for Thursday, Oct. 5, 2017 from 3:30-6:30pm at Manhattan College’s Kelly Commons in the Bronx, NY.