WATERVILLE — Thomas College will host a 3-D Printing Expo from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Friday, April 27, in the college’s Summit Room at 180 West River Road.

To keep up with the changing global economy, and satisfy Maine’s urgent need to create a technically capable workforce, new approaches to hands on STEAM learning is needed. An effective way to accomplish this objective is to continue to expand the use of three-dimensional (3-D) printing and design in Maine’s K-12 schools, which has grown rapidly over the past few years, according to a news release from the college.

Attendees can learn how 3-D printing and design can help to meet STEAM learning targets.

This event, sponsored by the Thomas College Center for Innovation in Education, is open to Maine educators, technology directors, school librarians and administrators engaged in or interested in expanding the use of 3-D printing and design.

Participants will have the opportunity to share success stories and challenges related to 3-D printing and design. In addition, participants and presenters will share resources and ideas for teachers and schools interested in implementing 3-D printing and designing.

“We are very excited to provide a venue for the many early adopters of 3-D printing and design to connect, share best practices, and learn from each other,” said Thomas College education professor Dr. Kate Cook Whitt, according to the release. “In addition, this expo serves as an opportunity to engage teachers and schools who are new to 3-D printing and design.”

“For many schools in Maine with limited budget and resources, 3-D design and printing has proven to be a game changer,” said David Perloff, executive director of the Perloff Family Foundation, according to the release. “This conference is a unique opportunity for educators to share their successes, identify challenges and chart a path for further adoption.”

The day will consist of presentations made by exemplar schools and districts engaged in 3-D printing and design.

For more information, visit thomas.edu or contact MacKenzie Riley at [email protected] or 859-1313.

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