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Sunday, October 7 • 10:00am - 10:55am
How Will Efforts to Introduce 3D Printing in Education Help in Shaping the Skills for the Workforce of the Future?

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A panel of educators and industry allies roll up their sleeves to discuss education and 3D printing from a holistic perspective rather than limiting discussion to a traditional rhetoric regarding workforce development policy. We have heard a number of talks this conference indicating the widening skills gap in the United States in manufacturing and industry, as well as opportunities that exploring these technologies brings to learners destined for STEM/STEAM trajectory careers, including ones where 3D printing and digital fabrication plays merely secondary or tertiary role.

This panel takes a practical and realistic look at a number of the routes by which 3D printing is introduced to bring students and learners into design and technical expertise — the maker movement, engineering & design coursework,  interdisciplinary/campus-wide makerspaces, the fab lab movement, and direct industry training and certification. These routes are considered along with a few of the future endpoints in manufacturing, industry, and design professions. 

Are these opportunities to learn about this technology preparing learners for success in future careers? Will the routes aimed to add more technically skilled workers address our manufacturing skill gap? How likely will time spent exploring 3D printing earlier in one’s educational career prepare learners for identifying and performing in the new professional jobs of tomorrow?

The panel has been selected because it represents perspectives on this topic with differing allegiances and values — and we are hoping to use this discussion to enlarge audience understanding of promising routes to explore with students and learners, and make discoveries, rather than to present a consensus view.

The panel includes:
- Sarah Boisvert. Long time veteran of laser machine industry and other manufacturing technologies, a key part of Fab Lab movement in USA, and author of The New Collar Workforce.
- Becky Button. A Maker, involved in content creation in the Maker Movement.
- Justin Hopkins. An application engineer from HP in their additive strategy efforts. He is also the critical person who set up SCADs makerspace and influenced the direction of their 3D printing and digital fabrication strategies.

- Matthew Wettergreen - Engineering design professor from Rice University (OEDK). Also deeply engaged in field work that puts into direct action the engineering design methodology he teaches to students at Rice.

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Matt Griffin

Director of Community Development, Ultimaker at New Lab
Matt Griffin is the Director of Community for Ultimaker North America. He is a writer, teacher, and consultant, and is currently creating a book on design for 3D printing. He has taught Digital Fabrication at Maryland Institute College of Arts (MICA) and through Coursera. Matt is... Read More →

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Sarah Boisvert

Staff, Fab Lab Hub
Sarah Boisvert has worked in Digital Fabrication including laser micro machining, 3D Printing and CAD design for over 30 years.  She co-founded the commercial division of Potomac Photonics, Inc. which built excimer lasers and laser machine tools for the medical device, biotech and... Read More →
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Becky Button

Becky has been an avid 3D printing designer for several years, even though she is only 17. Her interest in 3D printing led her to an opportunity to intern at Virginia Tech to conduct additional research on additive manufacturing in the summer of 2017. Recently, Becky designed a pair... Read More →
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Justin Hopkins

Application Engineer, HP
Justin Hopkins is an Applications Engineer with HP Inc. who works with companies to reinvent their manufacturing processes through the use of technology. Justin believes there are tools that help build the world around us and we are now enabling everyone to have access to a tool that... Read More →
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Matthew Wettergreen

Associate Teaching Professor, Rice University
Matthew Wettergreen, PhD has a formal education in bioengineering with a specialization in biomechanics and organ printing and an informal education in non-profit/arts management and marketing, community organizing, and digital strategy. Matthew's work (Caroline Collective, Do713... Read More →

Sunday October 7, 2018 10:00am - 10:55am EDT
Salon III