SA public schools to get 3D printing

A pilot program at 28 South Australian public schools involving 3D printing and starting first semester 2016 aims to increase student’s interest in STEM disciplines.

SA education and child development minister Susan Close said that there were many ways that the additive manufacturing program could be incorporated with various subjects.

“3D technology really is the way of the future and by putting printers into classrooms for students to utilise, we are helping to provide pathways to 21st century careers,” said Dr Close in a statement.

“I believe this program will have a positive impact on student learning by developing problem solving and design skills and becoming familiar with the use of modern technologies.”

The one-year program will be budgeted at $40,000, according to the statement, and is a partnership between the state education department, Maker’s Empire, and Datacom Systems. Teachers at the schools will receive training before the pilot commences.

The 28 schools are metropolitan and Limestone Coast-based.