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Now Taking Submissions For STEAMtrax PLUS

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Now Taking Submissions For STEAMtrax PLUS

A letter from our Director of Education, David Thornburg, PHD.

To all teachers enthusiastic about 3D printing,

Have you ever thought about a really cool lesson on a subject you teach that involves 3D printing? 

Polar 3D is building the STEAMtrax PLUS Teacher Idea Center — a place where you can put your amazing curriculum ideas and lesson plans to share with the world!  Your lessons will be indexed by subject area and grade level with a focus on STEAM topics - although submissions in other areas are more than welcome as well.  While our focus is on the K-12 world, we'd love to see college level projects too!

Our goal is to make creating great curriculum as simple as possible for you.  We have a template for you to use for your lesson, to bring consistency to the offering.  Here's how the process works:

 

  1. Download and use the template here to build your lesson.
  2. Send it to Dr. Thornburg, our Director of Education.
  3. We will choose a professional mentor to help you tweak and publish your lesson if needed.
  4. When approved, your lesson will be posted along with printable files for others to use and comment on in the new Polar Cloud 2.0.

 

 

 

There is no cost associated with any of these activities, and your materials will be released under a Creative Commons Copyright.  We'll be watching to see how folks resonate with your ideas, and look forward to promoting & rewarding those with the most engaging content!

If you have any questions, please send them to Dr. David Thornburg.  We can't wait to see what great ideas you come up with!

 

David Thornburg, PHD

Director of Education, Polar 3D

 

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SHOP REDESIGN + STEAMTRAX DIRECT

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SHOP REDESIGN + STEAMTRAX DIRECT

If you head on over to shop.polar3d.com (or click that big SHOP link in the upper right) you'll find that we've got a fresh new look for the store — in keeping with all the fancy re-designs going on around here.  

Not only will you find new photos and info for some of your favorite Polar 3D products, but you'll also see a big addition to our direct store: STEAMtrax. Now you'll be able to purchase STEAMtrax licenses, renewals, and module kits through our store, without the need for a specific quote. We hope this makes your purchasing experience easier and more efficient, as you'll know direct prices right on the spot. You'll also notice two new bundles in the store: Elementary and Middle School Polar Packs --- which combine the Polar Printers your know and love plus filament and STEAMtrax curriculum. If you were looking to bring your school into the 3D Printing future, those are the bundles to buy!

Have fun exploring the new store and happy shopping! As always, if you have any questions or feedback, feel free to contact us using the form at the bottom of the site, or through our accounts on Facebook or Twitter

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WoT WINGS and the 3D Printer Club

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WoT WINGS and the 3D Printer Club

United Way of Greater Cincinnati is constantly looking for new and innovative methods of advancing the common good and improving lives in our region. United Way affinity groups Women of Tocqueville (WoT, formerly Women’s Leadership Council) and Women Investing in the Next Generation (WINGs) were recently looking for a new project to get involved withand were able to latch on to one which perfectly aligned to innovation.

In a meeting with Mary Adams of the Greater Cincinnati STEM Collaborative (GCSC), WoT and WINGs members were pitched the 3D Printer Club—where students design and print solid objects from digital files, as a means to introduce Tri-State students to STEM, an acronym for Science, Technology, Engineering and Math education. These interdisciplinary focus areas describe the skills and knowledge essential for student success. The club was modeled after GCSC’s successful STEM Bicycle Clubs, created with the purpose of “engaging students and sparking their interest in STEM education and careers,” according to Adams, the project manager of the clubs.

Read the full story "EDUCATIONAL ENTHUSIASM STEMMING FROM THE THIRD DIMENSION," in the United Way of Greater Cincinnati News.

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What Goes Around Comes Around?

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What Goes Around Comes Around?

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Peter Zelinski, Editor-in-Chief of Additive Manufacturing Magazine, in "What Goes Around Comes Around," considers the potential effect of so many students now being exposed to digital manufacturing technology at a young age. Polar 3D Printer WCPO

The advance of 3D printing technology will have various effects, including those we explore in this magazine. It will change production and it will change product design. But in a different sphere, there is another effect that the advance of 3D printing will have that is liable to be just as important. Namely, it will change young people’s level of comfort with the idea of fabricating physical things. Thanks to the growing presence of 3D printers in schools, children will come to take it for granted that they have the ability to conceive and create unique objects. Never mind just “additive” manufacturing, children are now being acclimated to manufacturing like never before.

READ,"What Goes Around Comes Around."

 

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