February 24, 2018

The Advocate's Toolbox

MakerBot Offers 3-D Printing Resources, Ebook for Educators

MakerBot_web_resAsk most educators what they envision in a maker lab and a 3-D printer will likely be top of mind. How to put these coveted tools to use with students? That’s another leap—one that school librarians and teachers tend to make on their own through trial and error.

MakerBot, creator of 3-D printers for consumers and schools, hopes to help with a new site, the MakerBot Education Resource Center. From links to tutorials on YouTube to stories of how others are putting their printers to work, MakerBot has collected a number of online materials including a recently published 144-page ebook, Makerbot in the Classroom, which is free to download.

With 83 percent of teachers who use MakerBot printers allowing students to create their own projects rather than lean on a pre-existing design, according to a recent company survey, having a guide to walk educators through some basic (to advanced) designs may shorten the learning curve. The ebook also delineates learning objectives, terminology, and lesson plans to use with students, with sample activities also tied to free 3-D design software, including Tinkercad and Sculptris.

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School Library Journal contributing editor Lauren Barack writes about the connection between media and education, business, and technology. A recipient of the Loeb Award for online journalism, she can be found at www.laurenbarack.com.

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  1. It’s not free to download unfortunately. You can only download a teaser. The full 144 page ebook is only for those who own a makerbot 3d printer.