Not only are we growing manufacturing jobs back from our loss of over 2M jobs nationally, but we are gaining new kinds of manufacturing capabilities with a plethora of accessible technology that fits into our entrepreneurial culture here in Phoenix. Combine that with the advantages we have as a regional distribution nexus and Phoenix is poised for growth. Here’s a short and sweet article about how we are seeding that future int the US by providing “maker” educational opportunities supported by 3D Printing. This is popping up all over kickstarter and other crowd funding sites where prototypes can be readily made and grow from there.
3D Learning: The Maker Movement in Public Schools
If you’re concerned about the shortage of engineering talent in the U.S., the Maker movement represents a novel approach to engage our next generation of students.
One of the most exciting aspects of the Maker movement is the kind of student it engages. Many students who struggle in traditional subjects excel at Making. In fact, Joey Hudy, one of the foremost young Makers in the country, won the Presidential Science Fair and two Editor’s Choice Awards at MakerFaire, for his marshmallow cannon in 2012. Joey is a young teen with Asperger’s Syndrome and, as he puts it, “[I’m] not a big fan of school. I have tried to do karate, soccer, baseball, tennis, but none of them I am good at or completely like. The only thing I am good at is making things…Going to Maker Fairs has changed my life.”
Stories like this underscore what the Maker movement can do for public schools.
That’s why DonorsChoose.org and MakerBot are on a quest to bring 3D printers to thousands of classrooms across America. This technology empowers teachers to design and print everything from math manipulatives to animal skeletons. They also unlock thousands of potential design and engineering projects for students.
We’d love to hear from you: what is your experience with “making”? What do you think this movement means for public schools?