3D printing is becoming an increasingly important part of educators’ interactive and engaging STEAM learning strategies, a new survey reveals.

As teaching methods progress from more traditional learning environments to more dynamic and active, educators are seeking new ways to help students build important 21st-century skills such a critical thinking and problem solving, according to a new survey from 3D printer manufacturer MakerBot.

The survey is based on more than 1,000 responses from educators across the globe and paints a picture of how 3D printing is becoming more accessible in classrooms.

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Sixty-three percent of respondents use 3D printing to better prepare their students for the workforce, but they also say they’d like access to more than a 3D printer: 65 percent say online training programs would help them implement 3D printers and related technologies better, while 63 percent would like lesson plans and 56 percent would like educational webinars to help them use 3D printers to a fuller extent.

Laura Ascione
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Laura Ascione is the Managing Editor, Content Services at eSchool Media. She is a graduate of the University of Maryland's prestigious Philip Merrill College of Journalism. Find Laura on Twitter: @eSN_Laura

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