In the past, the best hope kids had of building things in school was either a pot of clay in art class or a mailbox in woodshop class. But we’re living in the future of that past, right? So what can kids make now? Thanks to some generous donations coming from MakerBot, creators of open source rapid prototyping 3D printers, kids can make, well, anything!
Just in time for back-to-school season, MakerBot Industries has announced it will be giving away CNC Deluxe kits to 10 lucky teachers (and countless lucky students of all ages). The kits are capable of printing virtually any 3D shape smaller than 4”x4”x6” using various plastics. The kit can even replace its own parts by building new ones itself.
Teachers are required to submit a lesson plan to MakerBot that outlines how they plan to use the device in the classroom, and the best examples will be decided on by Bre Pettis and Charles Pax – two of the company’s founders. Some of the criteria they will be judging on include “clarity, innovation and curriculum integration.”
“Teachers who get a MakerBot will be expected to join the MakerBot Educators Google Group and document their experience with the MakerBot so that the other teachers can be inspired,” writes Pettis on the company’s blog. “Our goal is to get more MakerBots into teachers hands and give them creative tools that will inspire young people to use their imagination and creativity.”
(Via MakerBot Industries)