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Design Thinking & 3D Printing: Creating Innovative Learning Environments
Monday, June 17, 2019 to Wednesday, June 19, 2019
Category: Corporate Member Events

While we cannot predict what the future looks like, we do know that innovation and creativity are skills that our students need and Design Thinking has emerged as a proven framework for helping people develop a creative problem identifying & problem solving mindset. Design Thinking facilitates the process of students first identifying a problem and then proposing and testing solutions, all with the needs of the end-user in mind. In this summer workshop session, we will take a hands-on approach to understanding Design Thinking and how we can use its principles to create a learning environment that engages students, fosters curiosity, and encourages a collaborative approach to solving problems. To further creativity and innovation, we will explore the crossroads of Design Thinking with making and creating with 3D printers. As schools are making 3D printers available to students for creation of real world, tangible models of their 2D prototypes and designs, educators are placed in a challenging position to develop an effective and meaningful vision for integrating this emerging technology into their classroom. When the process of Design Thinking is combined with 3D Printing, educators and classrooms now have the potential to create truly innovative learning environments. Over the course of the workshop, we will explore the process of Design Thinking, how to meaningfully structure a classroom with Design Thinking and we will build capacity for the use of 3D printers in an educational setting. Through the framework of Design Thinking we will explore the meaningful and intentional use of 3D printing. Through existing use cases, projects and classroom ideas, workshop attendees will leave the workshop with increased technical skill and practical application of 3D printing in the classroom via Design Thinking.

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