As school systems worldwide look for reasonably-priced opportunities to embrace technology, India-based publishing group MDB has introduced a 3D printing K-12 education program at the New Dali World Book Fair.
India has a large and growing tech sector, which welcomes 3D printing and encourages investment in 3D printing education. Being educated on printing earlier will help students be ahead of the technological curve as the industry grows, according to 3D Print.
“They [MBD] already supply traditional text, work, and reference books, as well as teachers’ manuals, and they also lead in the digital education arena.”
The MBD group has had a presence in India’s education sector for some time. The group has published “education apps, digital content, e-Books, notebooks, and tablets” and has an augmented reality app.
“It is MBD Group’s belief that almost every school subject benefits from 3D printing technology. They will provide printers and software to integrate 3D printing technology into already adopted K-12 curricula.”
The group also hopes on bringing the 3D education programs to higher education institutions and to offer software to science, technology, engineering, arts, and mathematics fields.
“Where MBD Group is involved, other countries will likely follow since MBD has international offices in Africa and the Middle East,”
MDB has expanded to 3 continents, “thirty countries, and five thousand cities while carrying over eight-thousand titles.” The group says this new endeavor is likely to be “just the beginning” of more 3D education created by MBD.
In the United States, Pitsco Education has worked to implement 3D printing education into classrooms. One teacher, writes Lyndsey Gilpin of TechRepublic, has used Pitsco’s programs with a simple setup that kids can use:
“Trudi Lawless is an engineering teacher at a junior high school in Orange Park, Florida. Not long ago, she decided she wanted to use a 3D printer in her classes, so she purchased a 3D printing curriculum through Pitsco Education”
With her purchase, she received a desktop Afinia 3D printer, and the first thing she printed was medals for the students to take home. The students thought it was “incredibly cool” and wanted to keep extra material left by the printer to show friends and family.
Lawless said the students originally did not understand the concept, but over time it has gotten easier for them to understand how 3D design and manufacturing works. With this understanding, she says there are “limitless possibilities” that the students can imagine.
One student created a new case for his iPhone and now wants to print it at school. The students are realizing that the printers allow them to make things instead of being forced to buy things, and “sky’s the limit” for what they can do.