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January 15, 2012

Mouse Squads Experience Breakthrough Technology in 3D Printing!

"This technology will make what our students are learning in the classroom more realistic and relevant to their future. The fact that they can prototype their design and have a tangible replica is very powerful." -- Andrew Gooden, Mouse Squad Coordinator, MS/HS 368 Infotech

Mouse is thrilled to be bringing the most innovative 3D printing technology into NYC schools!

Through a new partnership with MakerBot Industries, 15 NYC schools running the Mouse Squad program have been selected to receive a MakerBot 3D Printer (at no cost), providing an exciting opportunity to further develop our students’ interest and passion for creative tinkering!

students and educators learning to put together a MakerBot 3D Printer

Students and Educators can work together to figure out putting together a 3D printer to understand all functions of each part

Rohaan from James Madison High School comments,“It’s really cool to have this technology in our school. Most people do not even know that it exists!”

MakerBots enable students to participate in the design process and become producers, inventors and artists. Bringing 3D printing into the classroom environment offers exciting new possibilities across the curriculum, including math, science, social studies and art.

According to Rosa Almonte from P.S. 188 The Island School, “In our 7th grade math class, we are studying volume and surface area. I can really see how using this printer will help my students to see the visual aspect of the geometric shapes we are working with.”

To be selected for this program, each school confirmed participation of their Mouse Squad Coordinator and a curriculum teacher, as well as provided a description of a project that will utilize the MakerBot printer technology to connect Mouse Squads with educators and peers working in STEM subjects.

One teacher responded, “In line with our STEM themes, we plan to use our MakerBot printer to help bring abstract science concepts to life. In our science classrooms, our students will create double-helix DNA structures that they normally could not see and visualize them on a larger scale.”

"Makerbotting has the potential to transform the way we think about Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) education, and to inspire more young people to pursue STEM careers." -- Makerbotting in the Classroom, MakerBot Industries

MakerBot is also providing hands-on workshops and support for the schools participating in this program. During January, educators and students from these 15 schools participated in two workshops at MakerBot Industries in Brooklyn where they assembled their 3D printers.

They also attended two afterschool workshops at PS 188, during which they became familiar with CAD modeling software (Google Sketch-Up TinkerCad, 123D) and had the chance to actually print their 3D designs!

Our thanks to MakerBot Industries for also providing a 3D printer for Mouse, which will give our staff the opportunity to become familiar with this technology and support our schools.

We are very excited to work with our pilot MakerBot schools and share the creative and innovate ways they implement this technology in their schools!

Check out this video to learn more about this amazing MakerBot 3D printer!


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