NOCTI/America Makes Additive Manufacturing Credential Virtual Info Session

Bill White | Applied Engineering & Technology Teacher Avonworth Middle/High School | Pittsburgh, PA
Bill White | Applied Engineering & Technology Teacher Avonworth Middle/High School | Pittsburgh, PA

MatterHackers, joined by NOCTI and America Makes, hosted a 30-minute info session on an exciting opportunity for high schools with 3D printing or additive manufacturing programs.

Credentialing has historically been an important part of workforce development for manufacturing, and America Makes has teamed up with NOCTI (the largest independant credentialing body in the US) to create the very first "Essentials of Additive Manufacturing" credential for high schools.

If your high school is selected as a test site, both the online multiple choice assessment, and the hands-on performance assessment will be available to pilot at NO COST. The pilot testing window for this assessment is April 1 to May 30, 2021. Here's who will be walking you through the opportunity details to determine if your high school would be a good fit:

  • Josh Cramer, Director of Education and Workforce Development, America Makes
  • Bill White, Applied Engineering and Technology Teacher, Avonworth High School
  • Lawrence Binek, Aerospace Engineer, Raytheon
  • Julie Vanhala, NOCTI
  • Moderator: Mara Hitner, Vice President of Strategic Partnerships, MatterHackers

Pilot testing is a critical phase in the development of new credentials. It gives students an opportunity to practice testing and receive feedback on their knowledge in a no-pressure environment. Instructors compare their curriculum with the assessment blueprint to ensure their class covers the most important competencies determined by the subject matter expert team in the development of the test. NOCTI collects data from pilot testing to ensure the test items and overall test performs as expected.

For more information or to apply for the NOCTI test site program, email

Missed it live? Watch the recording HERE

ISTE Tools That Work Showcase

As part of ISTE's launch of the Summer Learning Academy, Bill White participated in the Tools That Work Showcase, a 5-minute presentation series of success stories featuring tools and technologies to share with educators to implement into their own classrooms.

Watch the recording here or download Bill's slide deck available below: 

File Download - Tools That Work Slide Deck/pdf

Pulse XE Review

Bill White offers an in-depth review of the Pulse XE 3D Printer and his experience using this fully-assembled machine for both educational use in the classroom and personal use for home projects, as well as printing with advanced materials such as NylonX.

Read the full article here to learn more.

Grant Writing 101

Bill White, Applied Engineering & Technology Teacher, shares his tried-and-true methods for securing grant funds to bring quality, reliable supplies to his classroom. Read more at this link to the article  for recommendations and organizations offering education grants right now or download the PDF file below:
File Download - Grant Writing 101/pdf

BCN3D Sigma D25 IDEX 3D Printer Review

Applied Engineering & Technology teacher Bill White reviews the Sigma D25, his first experience with an IDEX (independent dual extrusion) 3D printer by BCN3D, from an education perspective. Read more here to find out if the BCN3D Sigma D25 is the right 3D Printer for your school! 

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