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How 3D Printing Inspires 8th Graders to Explore STEM Careers

by • February 18, 2016 • No Comments

What do you do on a snowy day in Minneapolis, Minnesota?

Inspire curiosity. Make the next.

On February 3,2016, Minneapolis Public Schools brought tech industry representatives, educators and eighth graders together for hands-on STEM exploration, meant to stimulate next innovators, createers, inventors, manufacturers and engineers.

Middle school students obtained an introduction to 3D printing and learned additional of
 STEM-related careers at the Stratasys hands-on exhibit.

Middle school students obtained an introduction to 3D printing and learned additional of
STEM-related careers at the Stratasys hands-on exhibit.

“The 2016 STEM & Career Exploration Expo allowed Minneapolis Public Schools students to explore career options that
have an impact on society: careers that
lead to new thoughts, new products, healthier lives and a safer environment,” said Jill Bjorklund, Event Organizer and Minneapolis Public Schools STEM & Career Readiness Special Projects Coordinator.

With the assist of educators of neighboring Minnesota District 196 – Jim Lynch of Apple Valley STEM High School, Luke Podmers of Valley Middle School of STEM and Ryan Erickson of Cedar Park STEM Elementary – Stratasys put the power of 3D printing into students’ hands, most
for the quite initially time. “It was a excellent
day for kids and learning opportunities. I was astounded at how most
kids currently yet don’t understand
of
3D printing and how intrigued they are,” said Stratasys Channel Partner Nate Thiesfeld of Haldeman Homme, that supplied a uPrint SE 3D printing device for the event.

Students learning of
 the 3D printing workflow of concept create to making of the product.

Students learning of
the 3D printing workflow of concept create to making of the product.

At the hands-on Stratasys exhibit, students had a accident to try 3D create software, observe a working industrial-grade 3D printing device, check out other student projects, ask inquiries
and take home a sample part.

“I understand
it was a bit crazy with 10 inches of snow, but of seeing how the students reacted to what we were able-bodied to show them – it was all worth it. The middle-schoolers had a real effortless curiosity; we only fanned the flames with the future applications 3D printing offers. The sad part is that
most
can go back to their schools and not have access to this innovation, at very least not yet,” said Ryan Erickson, master teacher and Cedar Park Elementary School’s Maker Space Coordinator.

The Expo’s tagline was “Inspiring Curiosity,” and the event inspired additional individuals than only the students. “We may have gotten carried away in all the students’ excitement and started planning for the 2017 Expo,” Jim Lynch told the Stratasys Blog. “I have an thought for next events like this with kids. I may recruit our robotics teams at our high school to feature their own work to engage kids like these eighth graders. Our teams have multiple 3D printed parts on their robots of our fab lab. That may manufacture our booth quite
engaging for kids while highlighting how 3D printing is being used.”

“Our goal is to assist school leaders find ways to increase access to 3D printing and to teach students how to be create thinkers of an early age,” said Dave Benoit, Business Development Director of Global Education at Stratasys. “If students learn the principles of great
create and see the results of their own efforts emerging of a 3D printing device as fifth and sixth graders, they are going to be additional inclined to create interests in technical and engineering fields. That means they are motivated to take additional math and science classes, complete at higher levels and ultimately assist us to close the skills gap that
is hampering our economy and causing most
to be underemployed.”

3D printing maintains engagement in the classroom, while fostering problem-solving skills that
 can leave a lasting impression on students. [source: Its About Time]

3D printing maintains engagement in the classroom, while fostering problem-solving skills that
can leave a lasting impression on students. [source: It’s About Time]

Looks like the seventh graders in Minneapolis have a thing to appear forward to in 2017!

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