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The Landesmedienzentrum Baden-Württemberg Helps Schools Integrate 3D Technologies with MakerBot

MakerBot, a global leader in 3D printing, and the Landesmedienzentrum Baden-Württemberg are paving the way for 3D printing education locally by providing students and educators with access to a wide range of 3D printing hardware, software, and educational training programs.

Located in the federal state of Baden-Württemberg, Germany, the Landesmedienzentrum (LMZ) Baden-Württemberg is a network of 34 media centers that offers technology, advanced media, and technical support to students, educators, youth workers, and adult education institutions within the area. The LMZ fills the gap where educational resources are lacking by providing the technology and training to enable educators and institutions to strengthen their students’ education and help them build critical skills.

As part of that effort, the LMZ launched a new program called “Experiencing 3D,” which is designed to help students develop practical skills and knowledge in 3D printing, design, modeling, and visualization. The LMZ provides schools with comprehensive 3D printing solutions from MakerBot, including MakerBot Replicator+ 3D printers, MakerBot Educators Guidebooks, MakerBot Print software, and additional 3D printing training.

“At the beginning of our project, we tested many desktop 3D printers that were on the market. We were looking for a printer that was not only reliable and accessible, but also easy-to-use in a school environment. We found that the MakerBot Replicator+ outperformed its competitors in these areas and more,” said Marcus Bugbee, Head of Media Acquisition at LMZ and Deputy Head of SMZ Stuttgart. “The Replicator+ is compact, has an ideal build surface for school projects, and is easy-to-use for students and teachers.”

“Experiencing 3D” is also designed to help schools integrate 3D printing into its curriculums across different disciplines.

“In education, we have to move away from our rigid disciplinary division to an interdisciplinary teaching method,” added Hans-Jürgen Rotter, Head of SMZ Stuttgart. “3D printing enables us to teach different subjects in new and exciting ways by illustrating concepts through physical prototypes. For example, we can teach technical subjects, such as physics, by explaining physical laws based on 3D objects. 3D technologies open up a new world of opportunities within education.”

“As education continues to transform from a static format to a more interactive approach, we believe 3D printing will become a crucial component for future learning. 3D printing brings project-based learning to life and allows students to work on real-world applications, empowering them with 21st-century career skills,” said Nadav Goshen, CEO, MakerBot.

The LMZ is also opening up “Makerspaces” within its media centers in Stuttgart, which will provide students, educators, and 3D enthusiasts with access to additional 3D printing resources. The media centers will be equipped with the new MakerBot METHOD and Replicator+ 3D printers, computers, smartboards, and other technologies. In particular, with METHOD, a performance 3D printer, the LMZ media centers will be able to offer courses and workshops for those interested in expanding their skill sets and test the boundaries of industrial prototyping.

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