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MakerBot Grant Guide Helps Schools Get Funding for Desktop 3D Printers

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From kindergarten classrooms to college makerspaces, educators across the nation are incorporating desktop 3D printing into their educational plans with great success. In PS 121 in New York, educators are peppering their architectural lessons with real-world examples that include the MakerBot Replicator Desktop 3D Printer. All 11 schools in Montclair, NJ, received MakerBot Replicators so K-12 students will have the opportunity to learn 3D design and printing through their educational journey, which will better prepare them for future college-level coursework.

Desktop 3D printers offer greater educational opportunities for students and educators alike, but allocating funds for one or more can be a challenge within some school budgets. Educational grants are an excellent resource for the funds needed to purchase a MakerBot 3D Printer. However, the process of finding and applying for these awards isn’t easy. MakerBot has compiled applicable grants into a list to assist schools and educators.

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MakerBot Celebrates The National Week of Making with our Washington, D.C. STEAM Makeathon

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In celebration of this year’s National Week of Making, we held our final MakerBot STEAM Makeathon in the nation’s capital. Educators collaborated together on exciting 3D printing projects and lessons that will inspire our next generation of tinkerers, designers, builders, and makers. They took a two-day journey through the world of 3D printing with the MakerBot team, who hosted breakout sessions on 3D design, modeling, printing, and more. As with the previous Makeathons, educators split into teams to design and create 3D printing projects for their classrooms and went on to compete for the first place prize of MakerBot Replicator 3D Printers. Read the rest of this entry »

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Educators Use 3D Printing to Bring STEAM Lesson Plans to Life at MakerBot’s Chicago Makeathon

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At our third STEAM Makeathon event, educators convened at the Industrial Arts & Design Center in Chicago to create exciting 3D printing projects for their curriculums. In just two days, these teachers, tinkerers, and 3D printing enthusiasts brought STEAM lessons to life with engaging 3D models and prints. Attendees also enjoyed breakout sessions on 3D printing, 3D design, photographing 3D prints, and post-processing 3D prints. With some help from the MakerBot team, they created 3D printing lesson plans that could advance student learning while satisfying standards.
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An Interview with MakerBot’s Mark Palmer: Transforming Product Design with Desktop 3D Printing

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Desktop 3D printing can forever change how designers work. Take it from Mark Palmer, MakerBot’s Head of Experience Design. He leads a team of industrial designers to develop new products for MakerBot. Day in, day out, he and his team rely on our 3D printers and solutions to do their work better. He recently joined Tom and Tracy Hazzard on their podcast WTFFF?! for an in-depth discussion of how desktop 3D printers are transforming product design and development.

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Winners of the #MakerMilestones Contest Showcase the Positive Impact of Desktop 3D Printing

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A non-profit that’s teaching girls in Africa to use 3D printing, a kindergarten teacher who sparks young children’s interest in STEM topics, and a university student who developed a pet wheelchair as her master’s thesis: These are the inspiring winners of MakerBot’s #MakerMilestones contest. They show the positive impact of desktop 3D printing, especially in education.

This past April, MakerBot celebrated a major milestone: shipping more than 100,000 3D printers worldwide. To thank our customers and community, we asked makers to share their most important 3D design or 3D printing milestones on social media with a chance at winning a MakerBot Replicator® Desktop 3D Printer. And boy did they share—in one inspiring post after another!

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Meet MakerBot at ISTE 2016 in Denver, CO

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MakerBot is proud to attend one of the biggest education events of the year. At the annual ISTE Conference & Expo more than 18,000 educators, educational leaders, and key innovators gather to share groundbreaking ideas, discover new learning technologies, and collaborate. Read the rest of this entry »

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Educators Collaborated on Incredible 3D Printing Lesson Plans at MakerBot’s San Francisco Makeathon

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At the second summer STEAM Makeathon, educators gathered at Techshop in San Francisco to collaborate on 3D printing lesson plans for their classrooms. Over the course of two days, educators deepened their understanding of 3D design and 3D printing. Working alongside one another, they developed projects that can be incorporated into STEAM classrooms. Read the rest of this entry »

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Elevate Learning with Tinkercad and MakerBot in the Classroom!

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Your imagination has a home in Tinkercad. This 3D world of fun shapes and colors allows you to create and print whatever you want– it’s all up to you. Tinkercad makes it easy for students to design accurate 3D models, whether they’re starting from scratch with their own ideas, browsing through Tinkercad’s community designs, or importing a model from Thingiverse. Dedicated to your students’ success, MakerBot provides these 3D printing resources to enhance STEAM learning and elevate creativity in your classroom.

After learning Tinkercad’s fundamentals, invite students to show you what they’ve learned with a challenge from MakerBot in the Classroom: the Make a Country Project. This project helps elementary school students explore geography and regional climates. Students use Tinkercad to design tiles that will join together to make a country. Each tile should represent water, land, mountains, and forest areas. They’ll have to create landscapes that resemble these features. Read on to learn how these essential Tinkercad lessons can come in handy for the Make a Country Project.

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7 Fun & Easy Lesson Plans to Jumpstart 3D Printing in Your Classroom

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Are you ready to take on a learning journey that keeps students motivated and engaged from start to finish? The MakerBot Learning Team’s got a great collection of 3D printing lesson plans to help get you started. You’ll reinforce complex STEAM concepts with Thingiverse projects that encourage experimentation and innovation. You’ll give your students the freedom to explore, design, and create new things, all in one lesson.

Many Thingiverse lesson plans come with step by step instructions, downloadable activity sheets, photos, and more. You’ll keep them engaged with interactive activities like building bridges, designing artifacts, making 3D-printed games, and more. Read on to check out some lesson plans that are sure to excite the innovators in your classroom.
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Hong Kong Polytechnic University Opens First MakerBot Innovation Center in Asia Pacific

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MakerBot is pleased to announce the first MakerBot Innovation Center in Asia Pacific at The Hong Kong Polytechnic University (PolyU). The MakerBot Innovation Center will allow students, faculty and staff members to create an atmosphere of collaboration and learn about 3D printing, entrepreneurship, and innovation. PolyU is joining a growing number of leading universities across the globe that host a MakerBot Innovation Center to prepare students for the jobs of tomorrow.  Read the rest of this entry »

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