BROOKLYN, NY–(BUSINESS WIRE)–MakerBota Stratasys company (Nasdaq: SSYS), today announced that Calcasieu Parish School Board invested in 200 MakerBot SKETCH Classroom™ sets, totaling 400 SKETCH 3D printers, to advance its STEAM education and develop critical skills in its students. The addition of SKETCH 3D printers brings the latest technological innovations to students to enhance classroom learning at all levels and better prepare them for the future.
“We want to make a difference with our students and give them all an equal opportunity to succeed,” said Kim Leblanc, director of technology at the Calcasieu Parish School Board. “To do this, we must provide them with tools and resources that will help them develop their critical thinking, collaboration and creativity. We believe that 3D printing and MakerBot 3D printers fit together perfectly and can support our teachers and students throughout their learning journey.
Located in southwest Louisiana, Calcasieu Parish School Board is the fifth largest school district in the state. The district has 29,500 students in its 60 elementary, middle, and high schools. Its mission is to “build the foundations of the future,” and it does so by providing students with the latest technologies they need to succeed in and out of the classroom. In addition to STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts, and math) courses, the school district offers advanced placement, vocational, and technical programs to prepare students with the skills needed for 21st-century careers.
By using allocated funds from the federal Title I, Part A grant program to purchase the 3D printers, the Calcasieu Parish School Board continues to ensure that all of its students have equitable access to technology that will help accelerate the classroom learning and to support the development of cognitive and technical skills. Each SKETCH classroom includes two SKETCH 3D printers, ISTE-certified MakerBot Certification™ training programs for teachers and students, and additional accessories and materials. Calcasieu Parish’s EdTech partner for the introduction to MakerBot was Bluethe leading provider of transformational technology solutions for educators.
The driving force behind the purchase was the opportunity to give students equal opportunities to learn and use 3D printing to help them develop their problem solving and design thinking skills. The Calcasieu Parish School Board takes its education seriously and ensures that its teachers are well equipped with the tools and resources necessary to teach their students. In addition to SKETCH 3D printers, the district has other MakerBot 3D printers, laptops, desktops, coding robots, and other STEAM technologies. One of the district’s goals with 3D printing is to seamlessly integrate it into teacher curricula, along with other technologies offered.
The Calcasieu Parish School Board offers its teachers ongoing technical and educational support in 3D printing through a series of in-person trainings, webinars and more. The district plans to hold additional activities to engage students and the community, including summer tech camps, design contests, a STEM bus, and community events to showcase technologies used in schools.
“Bluum’s mission is to provide a future where every student has access to a world-class education, to improve learning and make it more accessible,” said Ryan Semans, Vice President of Product Bluum. “So it’s exciting to see a neighborhood like Calcasieu Parish, where the entire student body has access to the federally funded National School Lunch Program, use its ingenuity to equip its student body with 400 3D printers of cutting edge with little to no cost out of pocket.We are incredibly proud to be a technology partner with such a forward-thinking school district that is leveling the playing field in real time.
“We believe STEAM education is important for the success of future generations,” said Nadav Goshen, CEO of MakerBot. “The versatility of 3D printing as a learning tool as well as a training tool opens up the possibilities of what can be achieved. The Calcasieu Parish School Board continues to be at the forefront of education to provide the latest technology to its students to enable them to succeed.
MakerBot, a Stratasys company, is a global leader in the 3D printing industry. MakerBot empowers today’s and tomorrow’s engineers through its powerful additive manufacturing ecosystem. The company strives to redefine the standards of 3D printing in terms of safety and emissions, reliability, affordability, precision and ease of use. Thanks to this commitment, MakerBot has one of the largest install bases in the industry, manages Thingiverse, the world’s largest 3D printing community, and has members on the UL 2904 Standards Committee to ensure that it is at the forefront of emissions regulations.
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