MakerBot Asia Pacific & Japan (MakerBot APJ), a local division of desktop 3D printing leader MakerBot, today announced its collaboration with Veltech University to offer a unique 3D printing program to over 800 middle and high school teachers in India. Veltech University and MakerBot developed the program in collaboration with local governments in India to help teachers better prepare students for the jobs of tomorrow. The new program provides training on how to use 3D printers in the classroom for project-based learning, emphasizing design thinking, creativity, and problem solving.
Developed by experts of MakerBot the program makes learning immersive through sight and touch and inspires students to tackle engineering and related problems in real-world scenarios. Teachers who participate in the program will be provided with hands-on training in CAD software, design for additive manufacturing, operating MakerBot 3D printers, and integrating 3D printing into their existing curriculum, particularly in the areas of in the STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math).
“Veltech recognizes the importance of teaching critical thinking and STEAM- related skills. We are dedicated to building a new education foundation in India through a more interactive and engaging approach with 3D design and printing,” commented Dr. U. Chandrasekhar, Pro Vice Chancellor of Veltech University. “Together with MakerBot, a leader in desktop 3D printing solutions, we are delighted to venture on a transformational journey and pass on our success and experience to other like-minded professionals in the academia.”
Organized as a corporate social responsibility initiative, the 3D printing program will be conducted across different cities in India over a four-week period. Eligible teaching staff has been nominated from selected schools and reviewed by local education boards to join the program at designated seminars for a three-day training session.
“3D design and 3D printing skills are already valued resources in all industries, and 3D printing is becoming part of the way company’s prototype and manufacture things. We believe this program is a first of its kind in India, and we are proud to work with Veltech University to provide students all over India access to 3D printing, enabling students to tackle real-world problems and master the same technology that is driving the jobs of tomorrow,” commented Rajiv Bajaj, Managing Director and Head of MakerBot, Stratasys India.
“Programs of this kind help teachers to inspire students for STEAM careers and render the entire learning process a joyful experience,” Mrs. M. Pari, Mathematics teacher of Maharishi Vidya Mandir said.
About Veltech University
Veltech Dr. RR & Dr. SR University (Vel Tech Rangarajan Dr. Sagunthala R&D Institute of Science and Technology, commonly referred to as Vel Tech University), is an Indian institute of higher education located in Avadi, Chennai. It was founded in 1997 by Dr. R. Rangarajan and Dr. Sagunthala Rangarajan. The university offers undergraduate, postgraduate and doctoral programs in engineering and technology in addition to a Master of Business Administration. Vel Tech University motivates and supports young Entrepreneurs through various funding schemes. These Entrepreneurship Initiatives provides support by the ways of skill development / research and development support / Technical Background for the new incubates and entrepreneurs to set up their business.
MakerBot, a subsidiary of Stratasys Ltd. (NASDAQ: SSYS), believes there's an innovator in everyone, and sets the standard in reliability and ease of use. As a global leader in the desktop 3D printing industry, MakerBot offers a set of solutions that illuminate and guide every stage of the 3D printing process, making it easy to go from idea to end result. Founded in 2009, MakerBot has the largest installed base in the industry with more than 100,000 MakerBot Desktop 3D Printers sold to date. MakerBot also runs Thingiverse, the largest 3D printing community in the world. The company's industry-leading customers include designers, educators, engineers, and consumers. To learn more about MakerBot, visit makerbot.com.