3D Printer Challenge

Help us put a maker space in every school!

3D Printing Points to Careers for Students

Bill Gates once said, “Be nice to geeks. You’ll probably end up working for one.” The co-founder of Microsoft understood the changing role of technology for the jobs of the future and so do West Michigan business leaders.  That's why introducing the next generation of workers to cutting-edge innovations like 3D printing makes sense.  Businesses are now partnering with with teachers and students long before they graduate to prepare them for  the jobs of the future.

 Job growth is expected in these key areas:

                S             Science: Biology, Astronomy, Ecology, Physics
                T              Technology:  Computer Science, Automotive, Operations, Architecture
                E              Engineering:  Mechanical, Aerospace, Environmental, Robotics
                M             Mathematics:  Statistics, Finance, Cryptography, Modeling

According to the U.S. Department of Commerce, over the past ten years STEM jobs have grown three times as fast as non-STEM jobs. The key to many of these new positions will be 3D modeling as it combines computer skills with problem solving and imagination.  Using 3D printing in educaton brings in elements of geometry, design and logic along with creativity and exposure to innovative career oppotunities. We’re asking West Michigan companies to help bring 3D printing, design and modeling into every district to get students excited about future STEM jobs.

Liz Miller teaches fourth grade at Forest Hills Public Schools.  She says, "Having the Dremmel 3D Printer in my classroom has changed the way my kids are thinking."  Miller initiated use of 3D printing for a project and before long the students were teaching themselves how to use it. "They were problem-solving, working together, and being innovative. They are working together to answer the questions/problems they had to make their designs work."  As a result, Miller said her students were constantly hitting Speaking and Listening standards that you don't always see during structured class time. She continued, "The kids have been deep into this and their excitement is endless." 

The experience of fourth graders working with scale models is just one example of 3D printing at work in education.

 

They have had to work with "scale models."  This is something that they have shown resilience with.  They think they have measurements accurate and build their design and it doesn't always work.  They have persevered and kept going.

                         

Take the 3D Printer Challenge Today!

Students as young as age eight can start learning to solve real life problems by transforming their ideas into physical models. But, while teacher interest in offering these kinds of lessons is high, 3D printers are in short supply and are too expensive for many budgets. This is a real life problem you can help solve.

Be part of the 3D Printer Solution:

  • Select a school to receive the Dremel 3D
  • Contribute $3,000 for one Dremel 3D printer and maker materials.
  • Get Involved! Put your employees into classrooms to work with teachers on lesson plans that solve real-life problems.