GE Additive Education Program (AEP) is increasingly acknowledged at the international level. This 2018 session has awarded a polymer 3D printing package to more than 600 primary and secondary schools in 30 countries. Each package includes hardware, software and science, technology, engineering, art, and mathematics (STEAM) curriculum and will be delivered by 30 September 2018.
As a reminder, the program will enable to create an ecosystem for 3D printing in education by networking students, machines and content via an online platform, the Polar Cloud. It’s been two years that the AEP has been launched, and over 1000 polymer 3D printers have already been donated to schools in 30 countries.
This year, the United States, Australia, Canada, Spain and the Republic of Ireland are among the five countries with the most recipients.
“Additive’s time is now. It is already transforming how we design, engineer and manufacture complex and everyday items. But we have to keep an eye on the future and ensure we have enough engineers, coders and materials scientists coming through the education system to fulfill the potential of additive manufacturing,” said Jason Oliver, president & CEO, GE Additive.
As for teachers, they are increasingly involved in the program be it through their lesson plans which integrate 3D printing across a wide range of subjects, detailed analysis for science fairs or maker fairs.
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