How 3D Printing Teams Up with STEAM

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Hi Parents! Have you had a good time with your loved ones? I hope so. If not, it happens from time to time, please remember to criticize your child’s behavior and not him. It will make a huge difference on his self-esteem level when he will grow up.

Do you know the STEM acronym?

If not, here it is in full: Science Technology Engineering Mathematics. Many countries are aiming to increase these kinds of teaching to prepare students for the world we will live in very, very soon (actually, we are already one foot in it). Billions are poured in programs to make the future workforce more up to date in these fields.

I think it is a good thing. But, in my opinion, we need to add one more field to foster a better future: Art. It is not only my opinion. Many people and organizations around the world think that it is a key element to boost STEM through the roof. Many of them use the acronym STEAM instead of STEM.

What form of art and why?

Well, I think that any form of art could provide some positive benefit to STEM. Many great inventors and leaders in the past and even today were passionate with one or several forms of art. Music and painting, just to name a few, were crucial in the work and creative process of geniuses. Einstein and his violin is one of the most famous examples.

When leaders in technology and education work together

The famous Makerbot company, bought by another famous 3D printer manufacturer Stratasys (here is a really good and detailed article about this acquisition by a 3D printing world reference: Joris Peels), has set up an initiative in India to promote exactly what we are talking about: STEAM.

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The General Manager for Makerbot Stratasys India, Mr Rajiv Bajaj, teamed up with Veltech University officials to deliver for free 3D printing three-day training sessions. Up to 800 middle and high-school teachers in India are attending these seminars over a period of four weeks (it started two weeks ago). They are learning how to integrate into their existing curriculum all the activities related to 3D printing, like design, creativity, critical thinking and problem solving. They will be taught how to use 3D modeling software and all the steps to do rapid prototyping, using a 3D printer with their students.

All these activities are STEAM related and focus towards one goal: preparing students to thrive in the jobs of tomorrow.

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So, while you will be focused around science, technology, engineering and mathematics, don’t forget to do many artistic activities with your children. It will be good for the mood, for the brain and will give them a competitive edge on the right track for a fulfilling life.

 

PARENTS, THE SCARY TRUTH ABOUT THE FUTURE EMPLOYABILITY OF YOUR CHILDREN

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Your child already has a professional problem

Your child already has a problem with his job. “What???” are you thinking, ”My child is still at school. How is it possible that he already has a problem with his job?” 

PROBLEM NUMBER 1:

Think about it. About 98% of CEOs and HR managers have already huge difficulties to find the employees they are craving for (and at all skill levels!). They find lots of applicants with technical proficiency but most of them lack the skills required for success in the labor market of the 21st century at all employment levels and in all sectors.

PROBLEM NUMBER 2:

Furthermore, a bigger problem is coming, something that will be a major earthquake in the years to come. According to studies in many countries, up to 65% of the jobs that will be available in less than 10 years have not been invented yet. It is a major problem for every country and everybody. From CEOs and HR managers to schools, students and parents. Can you imagine what the situation will be when your children will enter the work market? It will be even more than that.

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PROBLEM NUMBER 3:

Schools are supposed to teach our children the skills they will need to have a great professional life and an enjoyable personal life, right? OK, but for several reasons it seems that they are already inefficient in preparing our kids for the current work market. So, what will they do if so many changes occur and up to 65% of the jobs are brand new with no up-to-date curriculum delivered with them?

PROBLEM NUMBER 4:

Many of you parents are already thinking that your children will endure a more difficult life than the one you have. You have numerous doubts about the future for your descendants. And kids can feel it! (Which is not a good thing…)

SO WHAT?

I am sure some of you have a lump in the throat while thinking about all these rocks on the road of your kids’ lives. Is there a solution to ease the future of our loved ones? What can we do as parents? Can we do something?

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I think so. Real Employability skills are one of the keys. I will tell you more next week. (Hint: perhaps a huge increase of STEAM in your child’s engine could help a lot?)

Enjoy your day and see you next week for the answer.