Associate Professor Lim Tit Meng, Chief Executive of Science Centre Singapore, speaking at a Stratasys media briefing on 9 December 2015
Stratasys Ltd has partnered with STEM Inc, a unit of the Science Centre Singapore, to run 3D design and printing applied learning programmes for primary and secondary schools as well as junior colleges, offering them first-hand design and additive fabrication experience.
As part of the partnership, Stratasys launched a two-day CAD to 3D Printing Workshop earlier this year for students of Rulang Primary School, Hong Kah Secondary School, East View Secondary School and Anderson Junior College under a pilot programme; in which they were tasked to design and produce their own 3D models.
Speaking at a Stratasys media briefing earlier today, Associate Professor Lim Tit Meng, Chief Executive of Science Centre Singapore, said, "Teachers often require the use of special teaching tools. 3D printing software allows them to do rapid prototyping; and at the same time, innovate on the existing teaching methods in school. Students will now have a chance to interact with real engineers, and not just real teachers. STEM Inc has the intention to break this inbreeding cycle and bring the real world to the classroom. This hands-on, minds-on approach brings across the idea that STEM has the power to create."
"There has been tremendous progress made in the areas of 3D innovation and 3D printing in recent years. Partnering with industry leader such as Stratasys enables students to gain early access to this new cutting-edge technology and to equip themselves with better skills, so as to contribute to the real-world STEM industries in the future," he added.
At the event, Stratasys also announced that Temasek Polytechnic is the first educational institution in Asia Pacific and Japan to integrate its education curriculum in the school's engineering course.
Chee Feng Peng, a lecturer at Temasek Polytechnic, shared that Stratasys has helped enhance the learning progress of the students by making them more engaged in their studies while obtain hands-on experience to operate the latest 3D technologies, 3D printing systems and design for additive manufacturing.
"The education programme provides the opportunity for students to try their hand at it, and for educators to prepare skilled employees for the future, bridging the gap between education and the actual workforce," added Ido Eylon, General Manager at Stratasys South Asia and Pacific. "Moving forward, we believe the next-generation of engineers and designers will be able to unleash even more possibilities in 3D printing as we continue to push the boundaries of this innovative technology."
Stratasys' other initiatives to support 3D printing within the education sector include collaborating with students from Nanyang Technological University to develop NV8, Singapore's first 3D-printed solar electric car. Stratasys, together with NTU and research centre Singapore-MIT Alliance for Research and Training (SMART), created the car's body shell - which consists of 150 parts - using various 3D printers.
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