Press Release (ePRNews.com) - Atlanta, Ga - Jul 21, 2017 - MyStemKits and Edutech have announced the expansion of their training program to teach educators on the use of 3D printers and hands-on learning curriculums to Dubai, UAE. The program will teach educators from 600 schools how to 3D-print from any device using the OS Cloud. MyStemKits has successfully implemented a similar program through Florida State University (FCR-STEM), where 800 teachers from 67 districts will receive a 3D printer and subscription to MyStemKits after the completion of their training.
MyStemKits is a research-based and standards aligned curriculum that makes hands-on learning more engaging for STEM programs by creating kits for students through affordable 3D printed models. It is packaged with a parallel curriculum for classroom learning. As an example, one science kit involves life size 3D-printed bones of a bird, which allows students to safely and efficiently learn about an animal’s skeletal structure. Since the “bones” are made of plastic and not as delicate as the real thing, children can truly experiment and work with the 3D models without breaking them. This type of active learning instills a deeper level of learning, particularly in the STEM fields, because it creates the connection with real life scenarios.
“Through our training, we are able to have faculty, education leaders, camp directors and the like experiment themselves what they will then teach in the classroom,” Laron Walker, president and founder of MyStemKits. “The ease at which this curriculum is brought into class and the affordability of 3D printing means our customers aren’t needing to spend time on downloading information or installing software. Our one-click process using cloud technology connects any 3D printer to any computer or other device simply and easily.
The company’s 3D library of educational kits includes over 162 vetted products and curriculums spanning K-12 math and science classes. Through their partnerships with Konica Minolta and Dremel, MyStemKits creates products that are less expensive than the standard school issue kits, which can cost up to $1500 per classroom with less product. With a MyStemKits subscription, 3D printed kits cost approximately $12-15 per student where the kits can be printed on demand. MyStemKits believes an overall lower cost will allow a deeper enrichment with the curriculum and platforms, which is sustainable over multiple academic disciplines.
“Over the years, I have used a lot of different things in my classroom,” says Bob Wallace, a high school biology teacher. “I’ve used drawing on boards, magnets, beads, which of course, we end up losing. I can use [MyStemKits] to lead the lesson which can lead my students into much more solid science and design experiments and they get excited about it. Because they’re excited about using cutting edge 3D technology and actually being able to use the materials, I find that my students jump right in to doing the graph work as well. Science is really coming to life for them. They’re not going to get that looking in a book.”
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