Tinkerine Launches 3D Printer Education Pilot
Tinkerine, a manufacturer of 3D printers, has launched a pilot program for schools featuring lectures, workshops and special events focused on 3D printing.
Dubbed Tinkerine U, the program "is a multifaceted global initiative that encompasses traditional classrooms or online learning, and is for learners of all ages," according to a news release. It will be anchored by eight school districts in British Columbia, and will include 250 teachers and administrators from the United States, Europe and Asia.
Lessons offered by the program are written by teachers and aligned to state-prescribed learning outcomes.
"We are excited to announce phase 1 of the Tinkerine U launch, our school pilot, which is a result of months of preparation," said Tinkerine U Managing Director Kevin Brandt, in a prepared statement. "We believe that teachers and students of all abilities and interests, from elementary school to high school, can incorporate 3D printing into their teaching and learning. To support them, we created a complete suite of lesson plans and three dimensional model files. Our goal is to familiarize teachers with the process and practice of 3D printing, enabling them to bring the newest technology into their classroom in both a meaningful and authentic way to engage their students in active learning."
Launched today, the pilot program will run through January 31.
More information is available at tinkerineu.com.
Joshua Bolkan is contributing editor for Campus Technology, THE Journal and STEAM Universe. He can be reached at [email protected].