From cleaner 3D printers to advancing STEM learning beyond the USA, here are the most exciting things in education and the maker movement that happened across the globe this week.
3D printing only has a few drawbacks, one of which is the potentially harmful particles that are given off by a 3D printer while it prints. 3D PrintClean has set out to tackle that problem, creating a 3D printer enclosure that both contains the particles and filters the air while it runs. 3D PrintClean has started to take off at establishments where young people spend time -- including schools, universities and libraries. They've recently come out with the third version of their product.
Two Brazilian-American women -- Flavia Naslausky and Camilla Gazal -- recently quit their high-paying Wall Street jobs to focus on promoting STEM education across America. They currently run Zaniac -- an after-school education destination that helps encourage the love of science and math in children. There are three campuses of Zaniac (in Greenwich, CT; Westport, CT; and New York City), and they hold programs for K-8 students. All Zaniac locations have a slew of gadgets like 3D printers, mac computers and more that students can take advantage of.
This article covers a Portland, Oregon-based woman named Sarita Dua, who recently decided to dedicate herself to advance STEM education for girls in Rwanda. Dua is partnering with her daughter and Team4Tech -- an organization that advances education in developing countries by connecting technology volunteers and solutions to high-impact organizations -- to run the project in Rwanda, and they are looking for more mother-daughter teams to work with them. While in Rwanda, participants will deploy different technologies and teach students and teachers how to use it.
The famous Goodman Theatre in Chicago is using theater and stagecraft in order to teach local students about math and science. Their program is called Stage Chemistry, and after every student matinee show, teachers and artists from the theater teach kids about things like scale and dimension in set or lighting design -- then allow them to make designs of their own. The Goodman's program, which dedicates itself to teaching underprivileged students, helps show that theater and the arts can be utilized to teach about science, math, engineering and many other subjects beyond literature.
STEAM education is growing in popularity across the world. However, not all schools have the resources, space or facilities to introduce a new hands-on program. This article from the Houston Business Journal offers advice for schools that don't have an entire building to dedicate to STEAM but still want to offer a STEAM education to students. It includes ideas like shifting all classes to project-based learning, focusing on a real-world problems in education and more.