3D printer-intensive course pairs U.S. students with global peers


Cube 3D printers

Level Up Village, a provider of STEAM-related courses, is offering a 3D printer to schools that sign up for its Global Inventors after-school course, where students in grades 3-8 learn about developing prototype inventions.

Specifically, the course pairs students one-on-one with peers at one of Level Up’s Global Partner schools in developing countries to collaboratively design, print, and test solar-powered flashlights that can be 3D printed and used in energy-poor areas.

A Cube 3D printer is provided to participating schools through a partnership with 3D Systems. Teacher training is also provided.

“Teachers tell us that what they need most is support to bring great STEAM ideas to life. That’s why we’re providing this full package, including curriculum, supplies, training, a Global Partner and Global Partner management,” said Neesha Rahim, Level Up Village’s co-founder.

According to the company, a portion of the fee schools pay for the course will go to delivering the same course in a developing country. For every four schools in the U.S. that sign up, Level Up donates a 3D printer to a Global Partner school.

Material from a press release was used in this report.

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