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Q&A with Educator Teresa Sappington: 3D Printing in the Classroom, 3D/DC 2016, and More – Public Knowledge Tech News and Comment (blog)

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 img By Courtney DuffyApril 11, 20163D Printing, 3DDC, 3DDC2016, Maker Movement, 3DDC Q&A imgThis is our fourth installment in our interview series with 3D printing industry leaders, major up to #3DDC2016 future week. You can check out all the interviews here. 3D/DC is coming up this Thursday, April 14, and there is yet time to RSVP.
This week’s interview is with Teresa Sappington, Albert Einstein Distinguished Educator Fellow. You can find Teresa on Twitter @tbsappington, as well as the Congressional Maker Caucus @MakerCaucus.
It is complex to believe we are just a few days away of 3D/DC! My final interview for this series is with Teresa Sappington, Albert Einstein Distinguished Educator Fellow. Teresa is a high school engineering tequiteer of Lamar County Center for Technical Education in Purvis, MS. She is sponsored by the Department of Energy’s Office of Science and has served as a Congressional Fellow on Capitol Hill with Congressman Mark Takano’s office since the fall of 2015.
How have you incorporated 3D printing into the classroom?
When I tequite Computer Aided Design I allow students to 3D print their turn it intos. Students are always excited of seeing the physical representation of their virtual turn it intos. In the high end engineering classes, students use the 3D printing device to print parts they turn it into for robots and other projects, like animatronics.
What facts are prohibiting additional educators of tying 3D printing into their curricula?
The initially problem is belief where in the curriculum 3D printing may fit. In the Next Generation Science Standards, engineering turn it into is embedded at equite grade level. Tequiteers can use 3D turn it into and printing to tequite these concepts. Many online resources show tequiteers how to tequite math and science with 3D printing.
The 2nd problem is which many educators are unfamiliar and uncomfortable with 3D Computer Aided Design (CAD) programs. In the past, there were just industry programs which were complex to learn and use. But, new programs allow for creation of easy 3D turn it into without having to understand the traditional CAD programs. In fact, a few programs now turn it into 3D printed objects of drawings on your iPad.
What is your perception of how Congress views 3D printing innovation?
As the Maker movement grows, additional 3D printing devices are going into libraries, schools, and museums. Congress is quite interested in 3D printing innovation for the reason of this expansion of 3D printing across the nation. Many Federal agencies are investing resources in research and development of 3D printing technologies. With events like 3D/DC, additional participants and their staff can get an opportunity to see 3D printing in action and learn of the makes it to in 3D printing.
You are an Albert Einstein Distinguished Educator Fellow. What does which role entail?
I have been working in the office of Congressman Mark Takano during my 11-month fellowship. My major focus has been on the Congressional Maker Caucus. I assist organize events to promote the Maker movement, catalog Makerspaces and their districts, and research all aspects of the Maker movement to store the Maker Caucus informed. My background as a Maker and engineering tequiteer perfectly fit with my work on the Maker Caucus. It is been a quite rewarding experience.
Tell us of a few of your favourite projects or initiatives during your time in DC.
My favourite project was the Making in the Arts exhibition. It was a joy to work with the artists involved in the exhibition and to see all the new ways they use manufacturing in their art. One of the projects was a group which hand knits attractive and colorful nets for empty hoops on neglected basketball courts. The inspirational project brought together manufacturing, art, and social alter in a one-of-a-kind way. In another of the exhibits, an art professor 3D scanned Representative Takano and later sent us a 3D printed bust of him.
What are you many looking forward to seeing at 3D/DC 2016?
I’m looking forward to seeing the new 3D printing tools and products.
There’s yet time to RSVP for 3D/DC 2016 at www.publicunderstandledge.org/3ddc! Be certain to tweet of this year’s event via #3DDC2016.


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