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3D Printing & CAD – Empowering Skills for the Future

3D Printing & CAD: Empowering Skills for the future“Empowering Skills: 3D Printing & CAD” article published on Aussie ED site

Here is a snippet of the article published by Aussie ED.

“Ideas and empowerment come from all kinds of sources. One of the most popular sources today is through technology. Through technology comes possibility. Let me explain what I mean.

My name is Heike Roberts. I began my career as a teacher. Together with my husband Ben Roberts, an electronics engineer, we founded Modfab.  We supply training to hundreds of primary, high school and TAFE teachers in our BOSTES accredited 3D Printing and CAD course. We have never done anything like this before, and it has been a real journey for both of us.

Modfab has been operating for 3 years and has helped empower students to stretch their imagination and grow confidence through technology.

We have developed partnerships in a wide variety of areas with the Australian Design Centre, Teacher Training Australia , scientists, TAFE NSW , fashion designers, Universities, and Regional Development Australia’s Me Program in the Hunter.

As a teacher, I marvel at the unique creations Modfab students come up.  When you give students the opportunity for Higher Order Thinking and to blue sky problems and ideas mixed in with some collaborative and project based learning, what they can do with CAD and 3D printing is magical.

Earlier this year a group of year two students created a quadcopter which they pitched as part of a simulated bid to have their product included on the shelves of Toys R Us.  Students pick up CAD and 3D Printing relatively easily and love being able to create, re-evaluate and pitch in a collaborative environment. All while mixing creativity with critical thinking and focuses on skills of the future.”

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