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SPONSORED WEB SEMINAR DIGEST to print more complex models because of its functionality and materials. Stratasys provides the 3D printing technology to support learning and creativity in K12 and beyond. LUKE PODMERS Multimedia Tech/Engineering Teacher Valley Middle School of STEM ISD 196, Apple Valley, Minnesota 3D printing is also called additive manufacturing; it's where you take a digital file and turn that into a threedimensional object. There are many different 3D printing materials-people have done 3D printing in chocolate, in concrete, or in plastic. At Valley we're using the plastics ABS and PLA. The printer is very similar to a hot glue gun. It liquefies the plastic, and then it lays it down layer by layer, in very thin layers, creating a 3D object. The backbone of 3D printing is CAD, or Computer Aided Drafting programs, which you use to create something from your imagination to print. We use a couple of different programs. Autodesk Inventor is one that's free to educators and students. It's a professional program that's used in industry. And we also use Tinkercad at the elementary level. We have first-graders making things on Tinkercad. BRIAN MARTIN Multimedia Tech Teacher Valley Middle School of STEM ISD 196, Apple Valley, Minnesota We are a STEM magnet school in a suburb of Minneapolis. We have about 1,000 students, and we're a pretty diverse school. Our STEM program has drawn in well over 100 students in the past two years because of the work kids are doing with the "Fab Lab" and 3D printing. Valley Middle School's mission is to establish rigor, relevance and relationships: to educate a global community of innovative thinkers. As we switched to a magnet and STEM school, we also switched a lot of our lesson plans and made them inquiry-based. We wanted to create thinkers, makers and problem-solvers-and not just in engineering or technology, but across the curriculum and across the school. This transition to inquiry-based learning pushed us into the maker movement and trying to get our students to do more creating-to learn by doing as opposed to just sitting and listening in the old deliver model of teaching. The wonderful thing about the maker movement we've found is how it fosters student ownership. They design it. They make it. They test it. They bring it back again. They have ownership from the get-go. As soon as they have that spark in their mind, they get to see it all the way through to a tactile object. "3D printing technology is being used to inspire learning at every level and to allow educators to engage students in authentic learning." Luke Podmers: We integrate our 3D printing across the school and across our curriculum, and we've gotten a lot of our classes involved-engineering, multimedia, communications, social studies, robotics, special ed. The engineering class is what I teach. This year we made a robotic arm and a Rube Goldberg machine. We want the students to be solving real-world problems as well. Any time that teachers or other classes have problems, we want them to come to us. Our technical education teacher needed a spacer for the spindle sander in the shop. So I assigned that as a project to a couple of students, who came up with a couple of different ideas and printed them out using our 3D printer. I then asked them to make a vacuum adapter for the same sander. They had to take the measurements, design an adapter in the software and then 3D-print it. One of the things that they figure out through the process is, it's not always going to be one and done. Sometimes the finished product doesn't work right or doesn't fit right. So they have to figure out what they did wrong or what they need to do to make it better. And then they go back to the drawing board and fix it. Brian Martin: I teach eighth-grade global studies, which is a combination of world history and cultural geography. I think it's pretty easy to think about how you can incorporate 3D printing into some of the technology courses, but how do we incorporate this in a meaningful assignment into our more core-based classes such as social studies and English? One thing I have done for years is contour mapping. The students create an island. They think of it in three dimensions, then have to draw it out on a sheet of paper like a normal contour map. With 3D printing, students were able to design their contour map using the CAD programs and print it with the MakerBot. Luke Podmers: We've been doing this now for about four years, but this is our first year with the Stratasys printers. With the other printers we used. it got to the point where it wasn't fun anymore to 3D-print because they just needed so much work. Now, with the MakerBot Replicators and the Mojo, it's fun again because it's so simple and easy for me and the students. 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