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Challenges and Rewards in Integrating 3-D printing into K-12 Curriculum FULL

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The frame factors of a k-12 environment are unique in nature for integrating new technologies into the curriculum. 3D-printing is also a unique area which lies in the intersection of science, technology, engineering, arts, and math. Such an opportunity to integrate curriculum needs a paradigm shift in resource planning in a k-12 environment. Traditional sources of money, allocation and training of manpower, usage and maintenance of machines or equipment, and time planning are inadequate to meet the challenges and reap the rewards in this integration process. The authors will share their experience in this area of integrating 3D printing into the curriculum and the changes they made in resource planning and maintenance. This has been a living breathing process that has evolved over a period of three years. It has involved the participation of all the stake holders to make it a sustainable learning environment that can integrate the advancement of technology into curriculum. Currently it has reached a threshold where it has started attracting even those who were originally apprehensive to join the process.

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Josh Ajima

Makerspace Facilitator, Academies of Loudoun
Josh Ajima is the Makerspace Facilitator at the Academies of Loudoun, a public STEM magnet high school in Loudoun County, Virginia. He is a FabLearn Fellow and a contributing author to Meaningful Making 2: Projects and Inspirations for Fab Labs and Makerspaces. He received the VSTE... Read More →
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Sundaram Thirukkurungudi

Teacher, Lightridge HS
A K-12 STEM teacher with 37 years of cumulative experience in education, training, and research in three different countries. An experimental and Theoretical Physicist by training but found his niche in the field of education which gives opportunities to excite young minds with the... Read More →

Saturday May 6, 2017 11:30am - 12:00pm EDT
Ballroom D