Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math or STEM is the new buzzword in education as all levels of educators press to refocus curriculum suited for tomorrow’s emerging technological workforce. A 3D printer enables teachers to span the entire STEM spectrum with one device. Here are 10 designs that demonstrate one or more letters in S.T.E.M. The links to each design include the .STL file download that is needed to create them with your 3D Printer!
1) Geometry Connectors – Add some excitement to your Geometry lesson! Use these geometric connectors with quarter-inch dowel rods to make shapes like a icosahedron, tetrahedron, and cube come to life. Continue reading →
One of the cool aspects of our jobs as Product Managers involves researching new markets. We have been watching the Maker Movement develop over the last couple of years and recently decided to research this movement a bit further. In May, Betsy Taylor and I traveled to San Francisco to walk the 10th annual Maker Faire and learn more.
Before we get too far into what we saw at Maker Faire, let me back up to offer some explanation in case you are not familiar with this growing movement. The Maker Movement focuses on creativity, innovation, and a thinking out-of-the-box mind set. It promotes a spirit of collaboration, not competition, encourages project based learning and how to improve ideas through trial and error. The Maker Movement includes projects and ideas in Crafts, Robotics, Electronics, Culinary, Technology (including 3D printing), Music and Science. The Maker Faire is an event created by Make Magazine to celebrate Arts, Crafts, Engineering, Science projects and the D-I-Y mindset.
Working at S&S is fun for me, I get to use both my undergraduate engineering and graduate marketing background. On the marketing side, I get to manage the classic 4P’s (product, price, place and promotion) of our Sports and Games lines, and on the engineering side, I get to design, develop, and bring new products to market.
Recently S&S has started to sell 3-D printers and that means we now have a few that we can use when developing new products. Instead of designing an item and then investing thousands in dollars in production tooling to see if my design was correct, I can now print out a 3-D prototype. The prototype allows me to see, touch, and even try out a design to see if its correct or needs further improvement. Better yet, in some cases, I can design a part and print it out all in the same day instead of waiting 2 to 3 months for a production mold.