MakerBot is continuing its commitment to STEAM education through a series of Makeathons that will take place this summer in cities nationwide. The Makeathons could be a game changer for educators who want to introduce STEAM learning to their students and schools through 3D printing. Of the fastest growing US careers, 80 percent are in STEAM. However, only a third of US teens have considered STEAM-related careers. Through 3D printing, we believe that educators can change the way students view STEAM. This isn’t the first time we’ve addressed the gap in STEAM jobs. Last summer, we enlisted the Thingiverse community to create STEAM-focused projects and they created things like the Go-Go Airboat to test buoyancy and the Wind Energy Stored In Gravity project to create awareness about renewable energy. This summer, we want to take this to the next level with a series of makeathons across the country. By Attending, You Are Giving Back. While anyone over the age of 18 can participate, we would like to extend a special invitation to educators who will benefit most from these makeathons. Each educator will leave with projects that can be easily integrated into their curriculi. The admission fee for the makeathon is $50. All proceeds will go towards funding a MakerBot Replicator Desktop 3D Printer for schools serving low-income students. The first Makeathons will take place in the cities listed below. Click on the city to sign-up or click here to join our mailing list for information regarding additional cities. New York City: 5/21-5/22 San Francisco: 6/4-6/5 Chicago: 6/11-6/12 Washington, D.C.: 6/18-6/19 Denver, CO: 6/25 We will provide access to MakerBot 3D Printers as well as the best tools for engaging students in STEAM learning. To that end, we’re excited to work with SOLIDWORKS, Ozobot and Sphero who will offer additional resources for participating educators. Celebrating STEAM with MakerBot Come visit MakerBot in Washington, D.C. at the US Science and Engineering Festival on Friday, April 15th through Sunday, April 17th (booth 1856) to hear more about the summer MakerBot Makeathons and how we can empower students with STEAM. Inspire the next generation of students and makers to change the world! Join us this Summer!