Educators at Wellesley College and elsewhere have embraced 3D printing as a way to educate students in a variety of subjects. “Makerspaces” are designed to allow individualsto create and learn beyond the scope of a classroom. Some Makerspaces have started including 3D printers, enabling users to create physical objects for educational or creative use. From biology and archaeology to history and art, 3D printing has been used to better educate students.  An added benefit of this experience is that some have ended up expressing interest in the logical and engineering issues that 3D printing itself creates. Many in the field hope that greater access will encourage more students to seriously consider STEM careers.  In any case, the ability of 3D printers to create such a variety of unique objects will continue to influence education as more teachers and students adopt this technology.

 

 

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AuthorRenee Eaton