28 primary schools in SA to implement 3D printing pilot program

The South Australian Government is implementing a new technology program across 28 government schools in the Adelaide metropolitan area and the Limestone Coast that integrates 3D printing into classroom learning.

Image credit: Caterpillar website
Image credit: Caterpillar website

Developed in partnership between the Department for Education and Child Development and partner agencies Makers Empire and Datacom Systems, the $40,000, one-year pilot program aims to adapt learning methods to modern technology and to promote interest in STEM subjects.

Education and Child Development Minister Susan Close said the innovative program, which aligns with the Australian Curriculum, will see teachers at the 28 schools receive professional training on the use of 3D printers ahead of the pilot program’s launch in the first semester of 2016.

“A program like this engages our primary students in exciting ways to develop their future skills and knowledge,” Ms Close said in a media statement.

“These young children are being given an early introduction to the possibilities that this type of advanced manufacturing technology allows. 3D technology really is the way of the future and by putting printers into classrooms for students to utilise, we are helping to provide pathways to 21st century careers.”

She said the program involves each school sharing its activities and evaluations to assess the learning outcomes and the potential of more primary schools being included.

“There are so many ways to incorporate, and schools will be linking the program to various subjects, in particular with STEM subjects,” Dr Close said.

“I believe this program will have a positive impact on student learning by developing problem solving and design skills and becoming familiar with the use of modern technologies.”

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