First-of-its-Kind "Tinkerine U" Platform Integrates 3D Printing into STEAM Curricula; Written By Teachers, For Teachers
VANCOUVER, Oct. 29, 2014 /CNW/ - Tinkerine™ Studios Ltd. (TSXV: TTD and OTC Pink: TKSTF) Canada's leading manufacturer and distributor of 3D printers, today announced the launch of its Tinkerine U school pilot program. The pilot will run from October 29th through to January 31st and will initially involve more than 250 educators and administrators from around the world including: the USA, Europe, Asia, and anchored by 8 school districts in British Columbia, Canada.
Tinkerine U is a multifaceted global initiative that encompasses traditional classrooms or online learning, and is for learners of all ages. Tinkerine U is also for novices, DIYers, experts, business professionals, and anyone wanting to learn more about 3D printing. Our intent is to run lectures, workshops, and special events on an ongoing basis and become the place the world goes to for 3D printing education.
Tinkerine U Managing Director Kevin Brandt commented, "We are excited to announce phase 1 of the Tinkerine U launch, our school pilot, which is a result of months of preparation. We believe that teachers and students of all abilities and interests, from elementary school to high school, can incorporate 3D printing into their teaching and learning. To support them, we created a complete suite of lesson plans and three dimensional model files. Our goal is to familiarize teachers with the process and practice of 3D printing, enabling them to bring the newest technology into their classroom in both a meaningful and authentic way to engage their students in active learning."
Tinkerine U's academic lessons are written by teachers, for teachers, and are aligned with government/state prescribed learning outcomes. Tinkerine U fulfills Tinkerine's mission to give teachers and educators of all kinds, the power to use 3D printing technology effectively across the STEAM curriculum and beyond.
Tinkerine CEO, Eugene Suyu further commented, "Our vision for Tinkerine U reaches beyond schools and is comprised of three core components; Academia - providing tools required for teachers to utilize 3D printers in learning environments, Technicians – providing the knowledge on how to maintain and operate our machines, and Learners – to create a large collaborative community of knowledge contributors, design entrepreneurs, fuelled by creativity and innovation or the next killer 3D printing application."
We want to support early adopters of this technology, and inspire as many entrepreneurs, innovative thinkers and new learners of 3D printing.
Tinkerine develops, manufactures, distributes, and sells 3D printers, software and materials for the consumer and education markets, the fastest growing segments of 3D printing. Current products include the recently released DittoPro, the award-winning Ditto+ and Litto 3D printers, all acclaimed for their high performance and affordability. Tinkerine's 3D printers work seamlessly with its integrated 3D software to make printing intuitive and accessible to anyone. With a major focus on education, Tinkerine continues to position itself as one of the emerging leaders in the 3D printer market both in North America and abroad.
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SOURCE: Tinkerine Studios Ltd.
For further information: Kevin Brandt, Managing Director of Tinkerine U, [email protected], 604-788-3299