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The Benefits of STEM Education in Early-Grade Classrooms

Megan Rogers writes for InsideHigherEd that simply being expose to math and science has a greater chance of leading a student to major in a STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) related field than having high achievement in mathematics. Simply put, this means that wetting the appetites of what is possible in these fields can spark creativity in young people that they may not get through traditional learning. In today's classrooms, additional resources and materials can assist teachers in making these STEM experiences come to life.

Shaping the Future: How Does 3D Printing Shape a Student's Education?

The 21st-century is proving to be a pivotal point in human history as technology permeates every facet of our lives. In order to prepare students for life and work in the age of technology, educators are looking to 3D printing to help expand their curricula for a more hands-on approach. A 2017 survey among educators using 3D printing in their classrooms highlights a few of the life skills that 3D printing is teaching children, including creativity, exploration, technological literacy, problem-solving,  learning by trial-and-error, self-directed learning, critical thinking, and perseverance.

3D Printing is Part of the STEM Learning Process

STEM programs stress Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math. These are the many fields that lead to a successful future for employment. Jobs related to STEM degrees are in demand and they will continue to grow within the next decade along with new technological development. Students who begin STEM learning at the primary school level are the scientists and innovators of the future.

What 3D Printer Filament is Right for Me?

One of the most exciting aspects of modern 3D printing is the fact that a single FDM printer can be used to create parts from a very large selection of materials. Whether a part needs to be rigid and tolerant of high temperatures or flexible and resistant to impact stress, there's a filament material available that will give the part the exact physical properties it needs. If you want to become truly proficient with 3D printing technology, it's a good idea to familiarize yourself with the major 3D printer filament types that are available on the market today. Here's what you should know about some of the most commonly used filaments and their properties.

Can Lasers Cut Metal?

When comparing different laser cutters, people usually want to know what materials are compatible. A popular question is whether lasers can cut metal or if traditional cutting is required instead. Industrial lasers absolutely can cut and engrave metal. In fact, laser cutters and plasma cutters are commonly used for this purpose. Most lasers capable of cutting through even steel plates are high power capacity CO2 lasers. Metals such as stainless steel and aluminum can be cut with a laser when compressed gas technology is used.https://digilab.dremel.com/products/materials

Lakeview Technology Academy Makes STEM Approachable with 3D Printing

With a mission to prepare students for opportunities in technical fields, Lakeview Technology Academy fuels ingenuity with 3D printing. 

3D printing isn’t a new concept for Matt Schultz. When the engineering and technology instructor at Lakeview Technology Academy began using 3D printing technology in his courses five years ago, he recognized its potential to engage and inspire students. But because the first 3D printers were delicate and expensive, Schultz was unable to give his students complete control over the design and printing process.

What's the Value of Fostering Creativity in the Classroom or Workplace?

In many of today's classrooms, the focus has shifted away from creativity to the ability to take tests. Students often find themselves regurgitating information instead of actively engaging with it, learning how to take tests instead of how to genuinely interact with the material. Fostering creativity in the classroom, however, goes far beyond student performance on tests. Both in the classroom and in future workplaces, creativity is increasingly important.

Five Advantages of 3D Printing for Prototyping

Although 3D printing is often discussed as a solution for small-scale manufacturing, the technology can also play an important role in the process of prototyping and refining new products. Large corporations have been using this technology to prototype their products for years, but as the prices of printers have dropped, 3D printing has also become an accessible prototyping tool for smaller businesses. Following are five of the most important advantages of 3D printing in the prototyping process that all business owners should be aware of before they buy a 3D printer.

How Architects Use 3D Printers

In a highly competitive market, architects have to attract the attention of clients with a top notch presentation in order to win their contracts. One means of doing so is through creating an attractive 3D model of the proposed project. 3D printing had greatly enhanced the 3D modeling process for architects.

 

Make Your Phone or Laptop Amazing with a Laser Cutter

Whether you're looking at your old phone and wishing you could make it more interesting or you're looking to bake some personality into your brand new device, laser engraving your phone can be one of the most fun and most interesting looking ways to make your device uniquely yours.

Of course, laser engravers aren't only limited to your mobile hardware. You can engrave some incredible designs on your laptop as well, which can help you stand out from the crowd.

Don't worry! Laser engraving has some hyper-functional purposes as well. But, before you jump into the laser engraving hobby, let's look at how to laser engrave a phone or pc, why you would want to, and what kind of equipment you'll need to get the job done.