Imaginables and PrintLab have just released the PrintLab Teacher’s Guide in an effort to assist educators getting started with 3D printing. The guide covers everything teachers need to know prior to their journey in 3D printing. From background and opportunities to teaching strategies, curriculum and tips, the aim is to share the knowledge gained over the years to support 3D printing in education.
It is undeniable how important 3D printing in education is becoming. 3D printing is very much disrupting the design and manufacturing scene that we see today and because of this, it is essential that we equip our students for the challenges of tomorrow.
One of the biggest challenges educators are faced with is the lack of resources for teachers to get involved. It’s very easy for educators to dive into 3D printing without understanding the challenges, however may lead to problems when introducing 3D printing in the classroom.
The PrintLab Teacher’s Guide features an honest, informative approach that doesn’t shy away from the fact that integrating 3D printing into education can be difficult. The guide is written as a journey and includes links on where to learn about 3D printing, what products are available as well as where you can get advice and support. Example strategies are also offered to assist educators in creating a roadmap for themselves.
In addition to highlighting the challenges, the guide also identifies the huge rewards that teachers stand to gain from introducing 3D printing in the classroom. It’s an amazing time for teachers – several years from now when they see their students innovating out in the field, they can look back with pride at the fact that they were the ones who were there at the very beginning, to introduce them to this exciting, innovative technology.
Along with the PrintLab Teacher’s Guide there are also several lessons plans developed by Makerveristy which are available free at the Printlab site. The lesson packs feature very structured well documented guides to assist educators in the classroom.
Both The PrintLab Teachers Guide and free lesson plans are available at www.weareprintlab.com