An increasing number of educators throughout the U.S. are integrating MakerBot® Desktop 3D Printers in the classroom to teach 21st century skills and encourage project-based learning. To spur wider access to 3D printing, MakerBot is launching the Buy Two, Give One promotion today. Customers who purchase two new MakerBot Replicator® Desktop 3D Printers with MakerCare® can donate a refurbished MakerBot Replicator to the school of their choice. This promotion is available at makerbot.com or at any one of these participating partners: Best Buy, B&H, CDW, Dell, Home Depot, PCM, Staples, SHI, and VWR.
The MakerBot Buy Two, Give One promotion offers customers the chance to recognize, celebrate, and lift up schools with 3D printing. Startups, small businesses, and 3D printing professionals can give back to their community and help students aspire to greater innovation. While any school is eligible for a donation, schools can also purchase two 3D printers and get a third refurbished model free. The donations and MakerBot’s free educational resources will empower teachers to engage, excite, and energize students by bringing STEAM and design ideas to life. And for all the fun, project-based learning, 3D printing will also prepare students for the jobs of the future. To learn more about Buy Two Give One, visit this page.
Manning Elementary School in Manning, South Carolina, is one example of how 3D printing can help schools engage with the community and make connections between learning and real world applications. Teacher Johnson Smith is working with students to create 3D printed models of a large vacant building in town to help convince their local government to convert it into a fun park for the community.
To further help educators integrate 3D printing in the classroom, MakerBot provides a range of resources which can be found on the new MakerBot Education Resource Center. MakerBot in the Classroom, for example, is a handbook with real-world MakerBot stories, videos, and challenges for teachers and students. For schools and universities that need all-in-one educational products, the MakerBot Starter Lab is a scalable, reliable 3D printing solution that is easy to implement, and the MakerBot Innovation Center is an even larger-scale custom 3D printing hub.