TOOLS FOR 3D PRINTING EDUCATION: MY MAKERBOT AND MAKERBOT EDUCATORS GUIDEBOOK

AN APPROACH TO 3D PRINTING WITH THE NEWEST TOOLS LAUNCHED BY MAKERBOT: MY MAKERBOT AND MAKERBOT EDUCATORS GUIDEBOOK

In the middle of this year, MakerBot have released the new tools related to educational thing. It seems like MakerBot encourages 3D Printing in order to join the field of education. Therefore, by launching two up-to-date tools, MakerBot hopes that they give a solution for educators, students, or other people who have a desire to find out about 3D Printing. By launching two very effective tools for additional education, MakerBot helps the students to get a brighter future. The launching of new tools consist of two goods, in which those tools are named My MakerBot and MakerBot Educators Guidebook. Many students take the opportunity to learn 3D Printing easier with these MakerBot goods. In addition, these tools are the complementary things in a way of learning, where My MakerBot is a digital practice and MakerBot Educators Guidebook is a printed book.

MakerBot Educators Guidebook have a role as the guide of 3D Printing learning in classroom, while My Makerbot is a facility to practice of making design. The printed book is one thing that educators can use to teach the students. As MakerBot explains that MakerBot Educators Guidebook is a set of instruction and information about how to design and print with 3D Printing. It seems like this book made especially for the educators. At the same time, My MakerBot is able to be utilized by the students as a digital practice. MakerBot intends to make the educators and the students have more convenient experience in learning, so that they are able to pull together. In addition, both of tools also make them easier to apply the 3D Printing. Mainly, MakerBot really hopes that the educators will find out the simpler way of creating a lesson plan and practicum for students with MakerBot tools. As we know, when the educators give the simpler way, the students will be faster to understand. So that MakerBot is evident to provide the right solution.

My MakerBot and MakerBot Educators Guidebook have been widely available at the beginning of this 2017 school year.

 

My MakerBot

The new My MakerBot is a Chromebook-compatible, in-browser platform that connects your networked 3D printers, Thingiverse account, orders and support cases all in one place. It gives users the ability to upload and prepare files, print, then monitor their progress from any device, anywhere. The new platform broadens student access to 3D printers in Chromebook classrooms and makes it easier for educators to manage their use.

In addition to offering broader access and simpler use, MakerBot collaborates with Autodesk Tinkercad to connect the popular K-12 design software directly to My MakerBot. Students will be able to 3D design in Tinkercad then export designs to My MakerBot and 3D print them without ever leaving their web browsers. By connecting two powerful STEM learning tools, we’re empowering educators so that they can equip students with critical problem solving skills.

 

MakerBot Educators Guidebook

Educators need more than just 3D printers and seamless software, they need support getting started and teacher-tested lesson plans. The MakerBot Educators Guidebook directly addresses those needs and adds to MakerBot’s expansive resources for classrooms, including Thingiverse Education, the largest 3D printing curriculum library and community, and the new My MakerBot platform.

Featuring a crash course in 3D design and printing, as well as nine classroom-ready 3D printing lesson plans, the new MakerBot Educators Guidebook is the definitive how-to on 3D printing in the classroom. We wrote the guidebook in collaboration with over eighty MakerBot Educators, all dedicated leaders in STEM education, in order to deliver the ultimate resource for learning the basics, best practices, and for finding high quality lesson plans.

All of the projects available in the guidebook feature step-by-step instructions, the core standards they fulfill, and notes from the authors to guide teachers from start to finish. The nine projects offered are only a small sampling of the lesson plans currently available on Thingiverse Education. With almost 300 lesson plans and with over 14,000 downloaded last month, it’s the largest online portal for educators to find 3D printing content for their classrooms.

According to MakerBot in Josh Snider article (2017) that 3D printers are not the center of classrooms, students are. That is why MakerBot is always working to set new standards in ease-of-use and reliability while connecting teachers to high quality curriculum and the largest community of 3D printing educators.

 

Source: Snider, Josh. (June 25, 2017). NEW TOOLS FOR EDUCATION: CLOUD-BASED PRINTING WITH MY MAKERBOT AND THE MAKERBOT EDUCATORS GUIDEBOOK. Accessed on https://www.makerbot.com/media-center/2017/06/25/education-cloud-my-makerbot-educators-guidebook