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Classrooms In A New Dimension

by Meg Conlan

EdTech Magazine

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STEAM-Focused 3D-Printing Projects to Try in Your Classroom

As part of the MakerBot STEAM Makeathon — STEAM adds “the arts” (A) to the science, technology, engineering and math STEM alliance — the company called upon educators to reimagine one of their everyday lessons using 3D-printing technology. The competitions took place in New York City, Chicago, San Francisco, Denver and DC earlier this summer.

Our take

3D-Printing Project Ideas

This year’s MakerBot STEAM Makeathon challenged educators to think about how they might incorporate 3D-printing technology into one of their lessons. Teachers are creative, especially when their creative juices can be fueled through the promise of prizes. What ideas might these 3D printing-related lesson plans spur for you?

With so many technology options now available, and continually emerging, it can be tough to stay on top of new trends and think about how they might be incorporated into classroom activities. The ideas from those that rose to the challenge this year may serve as a good starting point. It’s important, though, to ensure that technology is applied in classrooms in meaningful ways. Don’t use technology as entertainment or to fill space, use it with intention.