Please consider supporting Escalante's vision of purchasing a 3D Printer through our fall fundraiser. Students were given a packet Wednesday, November 1. If each student at Escalante sells only 3 items, we will make enough money to purchase the 3D Printer that will be available to all students at EMS! Our fundraiser ends November 15, 2017. Thank you for helping us make our goal!
Even though 3D printers have been
around for almost 30 years, the recent
rise of low-cost printers has led some
to proclaim the onset of a new
industrial revolution. Schools and
libraries all over the world are bringing
these powerful tools to students in
classrooms and dedicated “makerspaces”
where they are accompanied
by other fabrication tools. For example, China is putting 3D printers in each of its 400,000
elementary schools. In the U.S., we are adding 3D printers into schools at a good rate, particularly into
CAD programs, but also into traditional art and social studies classrooms and even business programs.
Even President Obama, in his 2013 State of the Union Address, highlighted 3D printing as something
that could fuel new high-tech jobs in the United States.
If 3D printing is starting a new industrial revolution, it is well on its way to revolutionizing teaching and
learning as well. The result of bringing these tools into classrooms is a rekindling of the powerful
pedagogy of hands-on learning, which was prevalent in American schools mid-twentieth century. As
we will demonstrate, 3D printing leverages hands-on learning to deepen our educational approach to
traditional academic subjects.
There are two aspects of teaching and learning that are addressed by 3D printing—the content of a
subject area, and the pedagogy, the teaching and learning method to convey that content. In this white
paper, we will look how content and pedagogy are converging in today’s most promising education
movements and the role that 3D printing plays in supporting these critical shifts. (eSchoolNews.com)
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