Student working on a computer. Source: Photo smile/Shutterstock.com
Student working on a computer. Source: Photo smile/Shutterstock.com

Libraries are adding 3D printing labs for public use. Much like books illustrating ideas, 3D printers can turn digital models into physical parts. By providing such workstations, students have access to technology that allows them to learn, understand, and implement engineering, math, and design principals. It is an exciting opportunity to see your designs come to life, not just on paper, but something you can hold in your hand.

3D Printers May Boost Lagging STEM and STEAM Scores

The U.S. has been steadily falling behind in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) and STEAM (with the additional element of Art). 3D printing may pique interest in students by providing an innovative and fun way to explore these subjects. By hooking the interest of participants, students may learn and perfect design and math skills. The constant tinkering and improvement of designs will create skills and experience that students can use in real-life, not just the classroom.

The Future of Education and 3D Printing

Our students can benefit greatly by being immersed in technology and there is a need to facilitate the study of STEM and STEAM subjects. By engaging students in 3D modeling and design, we can get a foothold in the technology explosion that is already happening everywhere. Students in the UK will likely receive education and training in 3D printing. In time, 3D printing will likely be as easy to use as desktop printers. When our students know how to use this technology in advance, we are ahead of the game. We can prepare our future workers to embrace new technology and become leaders in innovation. Solutions to problems can be found by our students when we teach them to think outside the box and become involved. Passive learning and rote memorization is a thing of the past. We need to teach our children how to evaluate, explore, invent, and innovate. Memorization of the times tables won’t cut it in this day and age.