Ultimaker Launches Core Lessons Set for STEAM Educators
The Ultimaker STEAM Lessons Set Introduces Eight Core Lessons for Incorporating 3D Printing into Curriculum
Ultimaker, the global leader in desktop 3D printing, today announced the launch of the Ultimaker Core Lessons: STEAM Set, which includes eight free lessons for STEAM educators based on feedback and guidance from the company’s North American educators and partners. This set, joining scores of 3D printing projects, resources, and education stories already published to the Ultimaker Pioneer Education pages, will now be a place for all new Ultimaker educators to get ideas and prepare onboarding experiences for themselves and their students.
Ultimaker Education Community Strategist Liz Arum’s overview introduces the set from the perspective of a practitioner who wants to incorporate 3D printing into curriculum:
As teachers, we want learning environments and activities that engage and challenge our students. We want to tap into their curiosity, inspire them to see connections between ideas and information and have them use their understanding to creatively problem solve with independence. Our objective is to instill a love of learning, so that they can think critically, communicate effectively, persevere, be intrinsically motivated, be responsible for their own learning outcomes, and find joy in the process.
Whether educators teach K12, Higher Ed, or work in an informal learning environment, integrating 3D printing into their teaching practice using the Ultimaker Core Lessons: STEAM Set will help them meet educational objectives such as:
- Encourage students to be more responsible for their own learning outcomes, or put another way, support personal student exploration in the pursuit of a learning objective.
- Provide powerful learning aids, like Design Thinking techniques.
- Build cooperative learning opportunities.
- Build resiliency by taking advantage of rapid prototyping and testing techniques.
- Develop communication skills through continuous documentation and sharing.
The recommended age range for participants for these beginner lessons is 10+.
This announcement arrives on the heel of recent news celebrating Ultimaker’s commitment to education in North America, its role as a sponsor and a supplier to the GE Additive Education Program (AEP), and as a co-founding sponsor of Construct3D 2018, the national academic 3D printing and digital fabrication conference and expo, to take place at Georgia Tech on October 5-8, 2018.
Ultimaker has already made an impact in educational environments around the world, from K12 to higher education. In 2016, Ultimaker launched its Pioneer Program, which brings together educators to share content, curriculum, lessons, projects and best practices, and now has more than 100 global members.
This Ultimaker Core Lessons: STEAM Set has been published under a Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 4.0 International License, and is available for immediate distribution and classroom use for educators across North America. For more information, visit https://ultimaker.com/en/resources/52563-ultimaker-core-lessons-steam-set.
Since 2011, Ultimaker has built an open and easy-to-use solution of 3D printers, software and materials that enable professional designers and engineers to innovate every day. Today, Ultimaker is the market leader in desktop 3D printing. From offices in the Netherlands, New York, Boston, and Singapore – plus production facilities in Europa and the US – its global team of over 400 employees work together to accelerate the world’s transition to digital distribution and local manufacturing.