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In recent news, there has been a lot of talk about 3-D printing and how it will change the way products and other things are manufactured. In an article featured by Tech Crunch, 3-D printing is also making its way into the educational system. According to the article, a group of junior high and high school students are being used as a part of an experimental education program to prove that the students are capable of problem solving using 3-D printing technology and group collaboration.
Saeed Arida, David Wang, and Saba Ghole are the founders of NuVu Studios, a place where students can collaborate and work with academic and professional experts to solve real-world issues within a studio environment. Arida, Wang and Ghole started this project as a way to prove their claim that kids as young as 13 have the ability to work on design and engineering projects that are typical reserved for people at the masters level. From different projects worked on at studios, this statement seems to be correct. This program does not necessarily teach students how to be engineers but rather how engineering and 3-D printing integrates into the brainstorming/creative thinking process.
The NuVu students participate in the program for about 3-9 months and have the ability to collaborate on a range of different projects. Some include creating a short film dedicated to the Boston Marathon bombing and developing a game that can help the user lose weight. This program was developed about 4 years ago out of a local private school. Since then, the program has grown now including a diverse group of students from both private and public school systems with an equal number of boys and girls.
Moving forward for the future, the founders would like to extend the NuVu studio project From Massachusetts to other states and school systems. There is so special requirements for the students to join the program but they need to have the “willingness to learn.”
This blog post is based off of this article.
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