While on first thought the original and quite myopic intent behind 3D printing was to add to the world of engineering and design, word has spread–and so has the enthusiasm and urge to use and create with the technology. Headlines reach out continually with nearly everything you can imagine being 3D printed.
This is a once behind-the-scenes, once completely unaffordable and unattainable technology that has hit the mainstream. It’s valid, and it’s here to stay. But often, hobbyists, novices, and even schools embark on a 3D printing project or program, get the equipment and what they ask at that point is, “Um, okay, what now?”
Education is key on every level with 3D printing–and getting it into the educational system itself is of great importance. Young graduates who hope to go into countless areas of work are much better off if they have a skill set setting them above and beyond–and both digital design and 3D printing skills are in high demand; in fact, many corporations and mega manufacturing companies state they have positions empty. This has prompted increased encouragement of the STEM curriculum, which is steadily making its way into classrooms on all grade levels, spanning K-12, and well into graduate studies.
Right in line with this is a recent announcement from MyStemKits, as they partner with 3D printing software provider 3DPrinterOS. For anyone who is a teacher, has been one, or knows one–heck, if you are in a class–you understand how difficult and challenging the issue of supplies generally is. Not only will teachers be able to look forward to the power of 3D printing with MyStemKits in the classroom, they can stream files directly from 3DPrinterOS. And this also goes for librarians, homeschoolers, and others. Gone are the days of worrying about paper and art supplies for projects. The digital age opens up not just infinite innovation, but also ultimately is much more affordable and offers more convenience.
Through 3DPrinterOS the files come straight to the classroom, digital–and paperless. With this system, the content is quality and so is the management, which allows this to be a comprehensive project rather than coming into the classroom in a fragmented way.
The system overall is user friendly from beginning to end and with the partnership, those in the educational system are offered an expansive digital library of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) kits, promised to be invaluable classroom tools.
In hopes to see that this is spread throughout school systems of all sorts, the partnership with 3DPrinterOS should help gain a great deal of support, in combination with high hopes for the Kickstarter campaign, will offer a platform where anyone can access their kits. We reported on MyStemKits Kickstarter campaign just recently which is picking up steam toward their $5,000 goal and still has 38 days to go. Supporters receive early bird options to gain access to the leading digital library of 3D printable manipulatives for K-12 STEM education.
“Backed with a vetted curriculum” is a very important term to check out and appreciate, as we have spoken with numerous teachers and those in education who have embarked on amazing 3D printing programs but also commented on the challenges involved as at first, few knew what they were doing and it was ‘a blind leading the blind’ situation at first. 3D printing has evolved to the level where that shouldn’t be the case anymore–and companies like MyStemKits and 3DPrinterOS are both seeing to that.
Discuss your thoughts on this new partnership in the MyStemKits & 3DPrinterOS Partner forum thread over at 3DPB.com.