As the Maker Movement gains momentum, and as educators and students look for innovative ways to demonstrate learning concepts, 3D printers have emerged as a way for students in a variety of subject areas to incorporate technology into their learning.
Tinkerine Studios Ltd., a 3D printer manufacturer and distributor, recently announced the launch of its Tinkerine U school pilot program.
The pilot will run through Jan. 31, 2015, and will initially involve more than 250 educators and administrators from around the world, anchored by 8 school districts in British Columbia, Canada.
Tinkerine U is a multifaceted initiative that encompasses traditional classrooms or online learning, and is for learners of all ages.
The pilot is aimed at novices, DIYers, experts, business professionals, and anyone who hopes to learn more about 3D printing.
Company representatives said the company’s intent is to run lectures, workshops, and special events on an ongoing basis.
“We believe that teachers and students of all abilities and interests, from elementary school to high school, can incorporate 3D printing into their teaching and learning,” said Tinkerine U Managing Director Kevin Brandt. “To support them, we created a suite of lesson plans and three dimensional model files. Our goal is to familiarize teachers with the process and practice of 3D printing, enabling them to bring the newest technology into their classroom in both a meaningful and authentic way to engage their students in active learning.”
Tinkerine U’s academic lessons are written by teachers, for teachers, and are aligned with government and state prescribed learning outcomes.
“We want to support early adopters of this technology, and inspire as many entrepreneurs, innovative thinkers and new learners of 3D printing,” said Tinkerine CEO Eugene Suyu.
Material from a press release was used in this report.