MakerBot Educators Guidebook
The Definitive Guide to 3D Printing in the Classroom
Compiled by MakerBot Education
START WITH THE GUIDEBOOK
- Part 1: The basics on how 3D printers work and how to use them, including a crash course on 3D design.
- Part 2: Nine teacher-tested 3D printing lesson plans to integrate the technology into the classroom, bringing STEM and project based learning to a variety of subjects and grades.
- Part 3: Next steps for building your own lesson plans and going further with prints.
WHY WE WROTE THIS BOOK
In 2008, while we were still building our first 3D printer, MakerBot founded Thingiverse® —a 3D file library and community.
Over the years, as we engineered more and more printers, we watched Thingiverse grow into a massive, indispensable resource for teachers, designers, and makers. From that moment on, educators were hungry for guidance on how to introduce 3D printing into their classrooms.
So in 2014 we wrote the industry’s first how-to, MakerBot in the Classroom.
By then, the 3D printing movement in education had exploded and showed no signs of slowing; by 2016 MakerBot® 3D printers could be found in over 5,000 schools worldwide.
After years of talking to and learning from teachers, we knew that our first book and a few Thingiverse forums were a good start but would not be enough.
The community was calling for high quality lesson plans and tips on best practices from their peers.
So we tapped industry- leading educators to help us build Thingiverse Education, the largest collection of classroom-ready 3D printing lesson plans, created by teachers and vetted by MakerBot’s education experts.
We were thrilled to share what we had learned in the process and set out to write a new book with the help of the education community. MakerBot combined this new class of educators’ unique wisdom with our decade of experience building printers to bring you this; the definitive guide to 3D printing in the classroom.
Introducing, the MakerBot Educators Guidebook.