Polar 3D knows how powerful the promise of 3D printing is, how it can empower students and educators to think differently. That's why our commitment to education is built into the core ethos of every Polar 3D product. We want the power of 3D printing in every classroom, library, and makerspace to give everyone the opportunity to engage with this cutting edge technology.
The classroom is an active, ever-changing environment that presents a number of challenges to the educator. We at Polar 3D don't want our printer to be one of those challenges. That's why we build our Polar 3D printer and the Polar Cloud experience to be easy to use and highly reliable. Then, we back our products with engaging content and a deep level of training and support, as you'll see in our Content and Webinars section. We truly believe that when 3D printing becomes as easy to use as any other classroom tool, the possibilities for student creativity, learning, and growth open up ten-fold.
Polar 3D seeks to not only provide the best 3D printing solution for the classroom, but also the best reasons to include 3D printing in your curriculum. That's why we develop and sell STEAMtrax, the first K-12 3DP engineering STEAM curriculum that is aligned to NGSS standards. We're working hard to always improve and develop in-classroom content that not only pairs directly with our Polar Printers & Cloud, but gives students the opportunity to solve real-world problems themselves, through experimentation and 3D printing.
David Thornburg’s background is rich and varied. He received a PhD in engineering, physics and mathematics from the University of Illinois. After teaching part time at Stanford University & co-founding two startup companies, David shifted his focus to the world of educational technology.
You might recognize David Thornburg from his numerous keynotes at ISTE, his published work on 3D printing in the classroom, or for inventing the touchscreen as one of the first members of the Xerox Palo Alto Research Center. David is our director of Education and Curriculum, and his bona fides and vast experience in the future of education make him the perfect fit for Polar 3D. David will be leading our curriculum development to better prepare students and educators for a progressive, hands-on future of education — where experimentation and doing are the keys to learning. We are so excited to have David on our team and further cement our educational experience. Nearly half of the Polar 3D team are active professors, former teachers, or current students — giving us firsthand awareness of the challenges faced in today's classroom. Couple that with the vast network of teacher advocate and ambassadors we have using and teaching with Polar 3D already, and we know we are leading the future of 3D printing education.
While we do offer scheduled live webinars for district groups and training existing customers, it'd be nearly impossible to find a webinar time that fits into the busy schedules of the educators and administrators that are interested in our platform of products. Therefore, we created a comprehensive webinar experience that you can have on your time schedule. Below is the full webinar, provided by our Director of Product Development, David Parrott. He walks you through the entire Polar 3D platform, including the basic features & benefits of the Polar 3D Printer, STEAMtrax Curriculum, and Polar Cloud. Like our live webinars, this virtual edition lasts roughly 1 hour, but you can start and pause the webinar to your heart's content, whenever you have the time to watch.
After you've finished watching the webinar, we've got a slew of helpful and informative documents that can help you, other stakeholders, or purchasing decision makers better understand and get excited about bringing the Polar 3D Platform and STEAMtrax into your classroom, school district, or makerspace.
Still have questions that are unique to your school, district, or makerspace? Feel free to email us your questions using the submission form at the bottom of the page.
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We also offer a more robust Professional Development session which involves in-person teaching and presentation to a larger group if your school or organization are interested. As there are many factors which determine the cost and efficiency with which we can provide this service, we do ask that you request a quote. In the form below, please provide how much time your group has for development, the location we would be traveling to and the level of instructor you would be interested in. We will have a quote for you in 3-5 business days.