Future Engineers is a multi-year education initiative and we are just getting started! Our current 3D Space Challenges provide informal curriculum videos on the site that parents and educators can use to get kids designing today. We encourage you to dive in and use these resources to get students started on the challenge! We are also working to develop a more comprehensive educator packet. We dream big here at Future Engineers, and we love to work with others that dream big too. Even though we don't have an established network for Future Engineers Workshops and Showcases yet, we are committed to building one. Stay tuned for more information!
Are you an educator (in-school or after-school) and want to teach students how to create 3D models for 3D printing? Teachers know our students best and are the true heroes of STEM Education. Our site provides you the basics to use in class and we encourage you to get students involved with the first challenge now! If you also want to get connected to Future Engineers Workshops, Showcases, or Technical Mentors please sign up here.
Can you host a 3D Printing Showcase where students bring their designs to 3D print on a Showcase Day? To host a 3D Printing Showcase you need at least one functional 3D printer in a kid-safe environment. Possible locations are: libraries, museums, schools, maker spaces (insured and setup as a safe environment kids), after-school programs, a college or corporate additive manufacturing facility. During a showcase you would have to provide a 3D printing expert to help students 3D print their designs.
Do you have a computer lab that can host student designers? Can you become a kid-safe 3D Design Workshop location? Even if you don't have a 3D printer, you can still provide a computer facility where students can learn about 3D Design. Possible locations are: libraries, museums, schools, maker spaces (insured and setup as a safe environment kids), after-school programs, a college computer lab, or a corporate facility.
Do you know how to make 3D models? Are you a 3D designer, artist, or engineer? Volunteer mentors are needed to help students learn how to create 3D models of their ideas. Our tutorials will teach students how to make basic 3D models, but mentorship is an important part of helping students turn their ideas into reality. As a mentor you would teach and answer questions while letting the students do 100% of the work to execute their vision.
Do you own a 3D printer and know how to use it? Are you willing to bring your 3D printer to a Workshop or Showcase Location to help students 3D print their designs? 3D Printers are pretty mobile these days, so together we can create a 3D printing experience for students just about anywhere. With enough printers, and by keeping the prints small, students can go home with their 3D print in hand!