Friday, May 31, 2013

Encouraging STEM with the 3D Printers for Peace Contest

Hey folks! Hopefully someone will still notice this post because I haven't blogged in ages. I want to make this blog focus on homeschooling and educational resources, plus some daily life stuff, so here it goes...

Want to encourage STEM more in your homeschooling day or out of school time? Here is an way! Enter the 3D Printers for Peace Contest from the Michigan Technological University. 3D Printers have been making the news for the being able to print cheap guns.

The challenge presented in the contest is to create a use for 3D Printers that will benefit mankind. Something like cheap medical supplies, an innovation in renewable energy.

Jump into this contest with your kids! It really is a fantastic way to get kids thinking about real issues. These are the problems they will be faced with as adults; how to create and enhance technology that will truly benefit instead of harm. Anyone in the US or Canada can enter, including teams. I love the idea of making a team of kids to work on this project together.

Ideas must be open source, meaning freely available for everyone to use, and address a problem that humanity is facing. It's free to enter, but you need to be able to upload source files for your 3D design to Thingverse. I just downloaded SketchUp Make, Google's free 3D drawing software. I have never used it, but we'll give it a try. The deadline is September 1, 3013. Hopefully, we can come up with something by then inshaallah.

First place is a fully assembled 3D Printer! Will you enter?