Dremel Launches 3D Printing Ecosystem
a company generally known for manufacturing tools, has developed a STEM
education program to integrate 3D printing into the classroom.
The Dremel Dreams program features lesson plans that use a 3D printer to teach concepts
in science, technology, engineering, math (STEM) and other subject
areas. To support the curriculum, the program offers online training, a
customer support service, Autodesk modeling software, Sprout by HP 3D
scanner and the Dremel 3D Idea Builder printer.
Dremel partnered with MyStemKits.com to offer 3D-specific lesson plans for use with the Dremel 3D Idea
Builder printer, according to information on the company's site. The
lesson plans were developed by curriculum experts at the Florida
Center for Research in STEM at Florida State University in partnership with MyStemKits.com. Teachers and students can use the
3D printer to create their own hands-on manipulatives to study a
variety of STEM concepts covered in each of the lesson plans.
Dremel Dreams 3D-specific lesson plans and corresponding 3D model kits include:
- Pencil Catapult Kit for grades 6-12 physical science classes;
- Loaded Dice Kit for grades 6-8 math;
- Pythagorean Proof Kit for grades 6-8 math;
- Ballista/Force Generator Kit to teach bivariate data in grades 8-12 math;
- Punnett Square Dice (Gg) Kit to teach monohybrid cross simulation in grades 6-8 life science;
- Pencil Quadrat Kit to teach statistical quadrat samplings in grades 6-8 math;
- Moth Kit to teach natural selection in grades 6-8 life science or statistical quadrat samplings in grades 6-8 math;
- Measuring Precision Kit to teach nature of science or math for grades 9-12;
- Coriolis Effect Kit to teach the Coriolis effect for grades 6-8 science; and
- Cell Transformation Kit to teach bioengineering for grades 6-8 life science.
10 kits are included with the Dremel 3D Idea Builder printer, and
additional kits are available through MyStemKits.com. Students can also
use the Sprout by HP 3D scanning system or Autodesk Project Ignite 3D modeling software to create their own 3D models. According to
information from the company, the Dremel 3D Idea Builder is "the first
3D printer to receive UL safety certification" and the printing
workspace is fully enclosed to help keep students safe during the
Dremel offers a webinar training program for
teachers and customer support and mentorship over the phone, Skype,
online chat and email.
More information about the Dremel Dreams program can be found on Dremel's site.
Leila Meyer is a technology writer based in British Columbia. She can be reached at [email protected].