The Final Conference of the Project PRINT STEM
On 16th of June the Final conference was carried out in Parma by our partner Cisita Parma with collaboration of Italian partners – IISS Berenini, IISS C.E. Gadda and Forma Futuro – with presence of other partners and relevant public.
- First the project PRINT STEM and it’s outcomes were introduced by dottoressa Rita Montesissa – the director of IISS Berenini.
- Dr. Elena Casiraghi presented the added value of cooperation schools-training institutions-companies at European level
- Other partners summarized the project and their contribution.
- The educational use of 3D printing in university was presented by prof. Emanuela Cerri and prof. Stefano Selleri from University of Parma
- Agenzia Indire and Servizio Marconi presented the new frontiers of 3D printing and the most innovative technologies in teaching and Beam-It – Additive Manufacturing Company presented new horizons for 3D printing in Rapid Manufacturing ,
- Also dott.Tommaso Ghidini – Head section of the technologies of the ‘European Space Agency materials – jointed the conference via skype with interesting speech about 3D Printing as the new technological revolution
- Dott.Andrea Pontremoli – CEO and General Manager Dallara Automobili SpA – closed the conference with the speech about the challenge of new technologies by the company to the world of education and training.
Workshops are coming back to primary schools. With robotic kits, 3D printers and drones.
28th of August 2016. Markéta Hronová for Hospodářské noviny (translated from Czech)
Previously, the boys in schools were taught hand works in workshops, they were making hangers for keys and worked primarily with wooden materials. Workshops are going to return to schools, but not just for boys and besides wood work, children will learn how to work with modern technologies, such as 3D printers or drones.
In the first phase the Ministry of Education will promote greater inclusion of work with technology in education within elective courses. “In the second phase, schools will receive money for equipment of workshops and technical training should be included to educational plans,” the press office of the Ministry of Education stated.
Workshops in schools are promoted mainly by the association of SMEs. “It is clear to us that it cannot be done immediately. We should know more detailed dates we within fall,” said association chairman Karel Havlicek. They want to get into schools workshops in modernized form. They realize that not every school will have immediately a drone or a 3D printer, but for start robotic kits and appropriate modeling computer programs should be sufficient.
“To attract young people to stick with hand work, you need more than a hammer and a screwdriver. Of course, it is a necessary foundation, but it must be linked with new technologies,” says Havlicek. Nowadays, drones are used by craftsmen, such as chimney sweeps and roofers.
Children need to stop be afraid of technology
From the next school year selected secondary schools will carry out workshops for elementary schools within the leisure education.
“We expect that children come twelve times a year and every time they one craft will be introduced to them. One time plumber, next time carpenter and so on,” says Havlicek. They are in touch with the 3D printer manufacturers, who could provide printers to these pilot schools.
Secondary schools can thus acquire future students among children from elementary schools, the government hopes for the increase of the popularity of technical fields. “Children need to stop be afraid of technology. The Prime Minister put a lot of effort to the restoration of workshops because it’s important for the future of our industry,” says Alena Gajduskova (CSSD), adviser to the prime minister.
Economist Daniel Münich who deals with education appreciates the effort to get modern workshops in schools, but is concerned that not all schools are able to get adequate facilities and teachers who will understand the technological innovations. “Especially in small rural schools, and there are a lot of them in the Czech Republic, I see a problem,” says Münich.
National Institute of Education, which is in charge of the introduction of new subjects into schools, again points out that the schools won’t buy new equipment just to arrange a workshop, but also they will have to maintain it.
Extra money for schools should be considered in the budget according to Münich.
Final project meeting in Parma, Greece
Last meeting of the project PRINT STEM took place in Parma, Italy on 15th of June and was hosted by Cisita Parma. Partners gathered to discuss upcoming tasks connected to sharing the results of the project – methodology for teachers – and also to closing of the project.
5th project meeting in Chania, Greece
Upcoming meeting will take place in Chania, on the island of Crete on 14 – 15 April. This time the hosting partner is the 1EPAL of Chania. Project partners are going to discuss latest progress of the project and to plan upcoming task and activities including final frameworks and structures of respective outputs, quality evaluation, dissemination and the organization of the final conference.
Another article supporting the ideas of the project PRINT STEM
There are boundless ways in which 3D printing’s technology can be used, but the hugest impact will be in educational institutions. Until now, the impact has been quiet moderate, but just because of the lack of information of the technology by the decision makers in charge. The reason why the biggest impact of this technology would be into public and private grade schools is that the younger a person is, the easier it is to bring in new methodologies and ideas (for example, this is why children are so efficient in learning foreign languages).
3D printing and maths look made for each other: many students barely understand diagrams and numbers that they can only see on paper and this technology can aid them.
In geography and geology, 3D printing can help students to visualize geological formations on a scale that is not presentable through 2-dimensional images.
Moreover, history class would have the possibility to see and touch many replicas of ancient artifacts.
In art, lesson plans could enlarge to include 3D design, and become much more interesting, with students being able to bring their designs to life via 3D printing.
Even the European Parliament stressed the importance of introducing 3D technology in start-up companies and education and it also insisted about the necessity of create some new policies at EU level, but also at state and region level.
4th project meeting in Rzeszów, Poland
Fourth project meeting was held in premises of Danmar Computers in Rzeszów in Eastern Poland. The project representatives gathered in order to share achievements that has been reached within Intellectual Output 4 and 5 – Teacher-led didactic experimentations for development of mathematical and scientific literacy competences – and to discuss upcoming agenda. Project consortium will now focus on Intellectual Output 3 – Pupil-led teaching experimentations with project work approach at participating schools.
Next meeting is planned for April and it will be organized at Crete by partner school – 1 Epal of Chania.
3D printing brings new challenges for EU policymakers
Although the technology is known for 30 years, only recently broad industrial and consumer interest in 3D printing has boosted, creating new fabrication opportunities.
It is believed that this technology will bring next industrial revolution on a global scale, with a number of applications for manufacturing, healthcare, defense, education or entertainment.
On the other hand, it brings new challenges for policymakers to intervene and regulate the industry and consumers use in advance to avoid consequences. It brings some questions to be addressed.
First issue regards materials. Essential part of the 3D printing process is a use of materials, it’s usually bioplastic, gold, gypsum and other. It creates the issue of availability of these natural resources and minerals. So far, the mandatory system of reporting on all levels of the supply chain in the production of minerals was adopted.
Other issue is with protection of intellectual property rights. With the possibility of low cost reproduction objects, there is a thin line between fair use and piracy. The legislation must be balanced to protect both users and producers while respect individual freedom.
Other questions arose around standardisation process with 3D printing industry. Certification and standardisation is crucial for ensuring that quality and safe products are produced. Every stage of the 3D printing technology must be qualified and certified.
When it comes to policymaking and technological advances history showed that short sightedness can have significant consequences. Policymakers have a lot of legislative work ahead of them.
Governments of tech leading countries support 3D printing in schools
This year, the Japanese Economy, Trade, and Industry Ministry (METI) selected high schools to receive a subsidy for introduction of 3D printing technology to students and teachers. Last year the Ministry supported chosen universities with 1.95 million dollars.
Japan is following the trend which started in United States in year 2010, when plans to introduce 3D printing in schools were announced. Other country which supports 3D printing in education is United Kingdom. In 2012, the Department for Education funded a pilot project for use of 3D printers mainly in STEM classes. Later in 2013, the fund for training of teachers and purchase of devices was established.
In Australia, Victorian Government’s science and maths innovation centre with collaboration of the University of Melbourne trains high schools teachers for proper use of this technology and how to incorporate it into school curriculum.
Interest of governments in this technology confirms the future of 3D printing as a key technology for cutting-edge manufacturing and also it’s high potential in education.
Next PRINT STEM project meeting in Ibi, Spain
Next meeting is approaching! It will be held in Ibi, Spain on 22nd – 23rd of September. As always partners from UK, Italy, Poland, Greece, Turkey, Czech Republic and, of course, from Spain will gather to discuss last development and to plan what have to be done in order to successfully continue with the ongoing project.
The agenda is as follows: dissemination of the project, financial reporting and monitoring, the introduction of second output – Methodology and guidelines for the introduction of 3D printers as a tool in teaching experimentations in secondary schools, and presentations of training programmes to carry out outputs – Didactic experimentations for development of mathematical and scientific literacy competences, and more.
Why should 3D printers have a place in education: suitable use of 3D printing in schools
While in business, research and for hobbyist 3D printing technology has been widely used, in education the progress is much slower. It’s because that educational institutions and mainly decision makers in charge don’t have access to information and knowledge of this kind.
There is a huge potential of use of 3D printing in schools ranged from elementary schools to high schools and universities. The technology is relatively new and because of that the greatest impact may come via the introduction of this technology at grade schools to young students.
The use of 3D printing at schools is wide: in math it’s commonly used to help students to better to imagine and understand graphs and complex mathematical models. You can print your own replicas of artifacts in history classes. 3D printing is a great way for students to see and understand geological formations in geography or geology classes. And of course it brings new options for art and design students as they will be able to bring their designs to life.
More about this topic and about 3D printing in general:
2nd Partnership Meeting at Kirkby Stephen Grammar School
(04/06/2015, updated 09/06/2015)
Second partnership meeting was held in Kirkby Stephen and Sedbergh, UK during 20 – 21 of April 2015.
The subject of debate was the Intellectual Output 2: “Methodology and guidelines for the introduction of 3D printers as a tool in teaching experimentations in secondary schools.” Partner group then discussed the next steps for successful implementation of the project, individual outputs and dissemination of the project PRINTSTEM.
Demonstration of 3D printing was the part of meeting as well.
Next meeting will be held in Ibi, Spain on 22nd – 23rd of September.
EU: the first open-source, 3D-printed robot inspiring innovation in classrooms
Robot named ‘Poppy’ is the first open-source, 3D printed, humanoid robot that anyone can print, build and program. And it’s not just a tool for scientists and engineers. Developers aim to make the robot the part of vocational training in schools, giving students the possibility to experiment and learn something new.
Poppy is controlled by freely available software, so that users can design body parts easily and programme their robot’s behaviour themselves. There are robots as many as there are users.
Poppy was developed in France in Institut national de rechereche en informatique et en automatique within the European Research Council funded ‘Explorers’ project. The research director Dr Pierre-Yves Oudeyer explains:
“Very little has been done to explore the benefits of 3D printing and its interaction with computer science in classrooms. With our Poppy platform, we are now offering schools and teachers a way to cultivate the creativity of students studying in areas such as mechanics, computer science, electronics and 3D printing.”
PRINT STEM Kick-off metting in Fidenza
The first kick-off meeting was held in the Italian city of Fidenza on 21 – 23rd of January 2015. The aim of the meeting was to first meet partners, the division of tasks and planning activities.
The Director of the Regional Schools of Emilia Romagna dr. Stefano Versari, the Director of the School – territorial area of Parma, dr. Giovanni Desco, and the Councillor of education and Deputy Mayor of the City of Fidenza Dr. Alessia Gruzza, visited the international working group for the first business meeting of the project ” PRINT STEM “.
Prominent guests appreciated the work of teachers and representatives of the world of technology involved in intensive exchange of views on the organization and content of work to be done in upcoming months.