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Reviewing 3D Design Software for Students: SOLIDWORKS Apps for Kids

Steven Jones reviews SOLIDWORKS Apps for Kids, a 3D design software suite for students, and gives a helpful overview and tutorial for educators looking to introduce this software to their classroom. Guiding you through the tools, features, and functions of three apps included in this suite: "Shape It", "Style it" and "Print It" Steven provides an easy-to-follow walkthrough exemplifying how to transform basic shapes into innovative 3D designs and to fabricate those designs into real objects kids will love. 

Read the full article here. 

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Make:able 3D Printing Assistive Device Design Challenge

As a participant and a member of the advisory board, Steven Jones is one of many inspiring educators taking part in the Make:able Design Challenge that engages students to develop empathy, learn additive manufacturing skills, and gain real-life experience in product development. The goal is to design and make a product or prototype that improves the day-to-day life of someone who struggles with mobility in their hands. 

The challenge is open to all students in any country up to the age of 18, and registration is free to access the teacher's pack and challenge toolkit. The deadline to submit your completed project is April 1st, 2021.

Learn more about the design challenge HERE

Register at this link to sign up for the challenge

 Facilitate Student Agency Through Design Challenges

Featured at NSTA and ISTE, Steven Jones leads an informative session on Facilitating Student Agency through Design Challenges. Learn how to lead students through engaging learning experiences such as the Make:able challenge in order to improve learner outcomes and deepen student agency. Activate students' empathy, STEM skills, and their own interests to improve the lives of others through assistive technology and 3D printing. Watch it here. 

A Teacher's Guide to PrintLab Classroom 3D Printing Curriculum

An overview of the 3D Printing lesson plan and professional development portal, PrintLab. In this article, Steven guides you through the platform as seen from the student and teacher's perspective. See real-life examples printed by his students who have completed the lessons and design challenges found on PrintLab.
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