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3D Printing Training Courses For All Ages
The 21 st century globalized world is characterized by incessant information and big data conquering our lives, even beating the largest of libraries and bookstores. This has led to shifts in the patterns of employment and the skill set that is required of students today leaving teachers and educational institutions in a strange conundrum. Teachers today are required to impart knowledge that transcends the boundaries and limits of their own educational context, their own grasp of the theoretical subjects and need to expose their students to a world of learning that they themselves are unaccustomed to.
It is being perceived that technological interventions will guarantee better learning outcomes for the learners as it will complement classroom interactions with live examples and a resource based view of the world rather than rote learning of facts and figures. A 21 st century digital classroom can help in imparting practical knowledge to the students; be it a 12 year math student creating his own YouTube channel to help fellow students worldwide solve math problems or a 10 year old boy preparing a video explaining how automobile airbags work. A digital classroom can facilitate the students to put on their thinking caps and learn about anything and everything in the world. The rich infrastructure of laptops, tablets, 3D printers, multimedia technologies have replaced pencils and textbooks to a large extent.
Governments, educational institutions and even business leaders now see the importance of equipping the youth with the necessary skills and knowledge that will make them successfully face the national and global demands of tomorrow. They have increasingly laid emphasis on STEM education, a curriculum teaching students the disciplines of science, technology, engineering and mathematics in order to develop the students’ rational thinking, logical ability, analytical skills and problem-solving skills. These are some of the prominent skills which will perhaps be in line with the demands and challenges of the future.
According to the US Department of Education website, there will be a high percentage increase in STEM jobs from 2010-2020 especially in the fields of biotechnology and biomedicine where a percentage increase of more than 60% is forecast. It is thus very important for educational institutions to engage students in STEM education and make education more collaborative, practical, analytical and skill-oriented. This is where 3D printing technology enters the education space as it supports practical learning, creative thinking, imagining solutions to problems and testing them right there. Solutions can be evaluated and redesigned by students; a learning approach that is made possible by 3D printing due to the inherent capability of rapid prototyping.
Abstract concepts of maths and science can be turned into engaging lessons with 3D printing as complex mathematical models, exoskeletons and molecules can be printed for an interactive and collaborative learning process thus making learning engaging. As we move towards Industry 4.0 which is nothing but a technology-driven economy, a lot of skills will be replaced by imagination, collaboration and innovation and integrating technologies such as 3D printing in our classrooms which will enable students to create opportunities for themselves in a rapidly changing work environment.
Many startups, makerspaces as well as edu-tech companies like 3Dexter have come up in India to promote the widespread use of 3D printing technology and have created 3D Printing training courses to suffice the needs of budding students. Schools in India are already looking towards promoting this valuable skill among its students. A few schools have already incorporated a 3D printing traning course in their curriculum and the students are benefiting from the practical knowledge transfer sessions. IIT Hyderabad will be the first higher education institution in India to provide a course on 3D printing technology. Institute of Industrial Design provides a 24-hour course on 3D printing. 3D printing technology has been widely accepted across the globe and therefore it is critical to teach students in India about this skill as it will become a necessary skill for the industry in the coming years.