Winter is coming to a close, and spring break is just around the corner. However, as 2017 progresses, makers aren't taking a break. In fact, there are more exciting things going on in STEM education than ever before! Here are some of the recent updates we find most interesting.
We just celebrated International Women's Day, and this article from 3Ders rounds up 43 of the most influential women who are using 3D printing to make a difference. Some of the women on the list include Grace Choi, who founded Mink and created the world's first 3D printer for makeup; Stefanie Mueller, who invented LaserStacker, a 3D laser cutter; and Eva Wolf, who co-founded Airwolf 3D, a company that makes drone building kits for schools. If you teach a classroom of boys and girls, you might want to share this article with them in honor of International Women's Day. You can show them that boys and girls have equal place in the worlds of science, tech, engineering, math and more.
This article outlines a heartwarming story involving 3D printing. Sixteen-year-old San Antonio student Justin Cantu designed and printed a prosthetic hand for a six-year-old boy, Zack Robbins, who was born without a fully developed right hand. Cantu is a student at San Antonio's School of Science and Technology, and he created the hand using a printer available to him at his school.
The ability to encourage an interest in STEM doesn't just lie with teachers. In fact, a recent study from the University of Virginia revealed some promising results: parents are able to pique students' interest in STEM education. The study surveyed 10th and 11th grade students, and it showed that the students whose parents conveyed to them the importance of STEM subjects had a lasting interest in STEM fields for years down the road.
Want to see how a STEM education can produce tangible results in students' future? Check out this list of the best places in America to hold a STEM job. This report shows the metro areas with the most STEM jobs, and outlines how much people can earn working in STEM professions there. Want to encourage older students that STEM can lead to a promising future with great job prospects? This chart might be a good thing to show them.
The Dayton Regional STEM School is launching an international exchange program with schools in Bosnia and Herzegovina. The program will have international students come from abroad to visit the Dayton school, and students from Dayton will travel abroad to visit foreign schools. The program will allow all students involved to take advantage of technology that their school doesn't have -- including CNC machines and 3D printers -- and it will give them insight into the entrepreneurial spirit of people from different countries. This landmark program in Dayton shows how STEM education can create cross-cultural connections and help the world feel more like a global, inclusive place.
If you're an educator looking to get your students involved in the Maker Movement, check out TinkerCad for teachers. You can sign up for free and share an invite code with your students so they can get started designing and building.