RapManUSA – Nation’s Most Inexpensive Full-Function 3D-Printer – Featured in TechDirection Magazine as the Most Uniquely Immersive Pre-Engineering S.T.E.M. Teaching-Tool
RapManUSA & STEM Learning: ‘Hands-On’ Education Takes on a Whole New Meaning
Concord, NH -- Technology Education Concepts (TEC) – the Nation’s leading provider of 3D Engineering products and resources to the Education industry – announced today that the RapManUSA – a revolutionary, fully-functional, Digital Fabrication "3D printer" available for $1,495 that Students build themselves – is recognized by both TechDirection Magazine and schools across America as one of the very best and most affordable STEM-education tools; during a time when Educators need to do more with less.
The TechDirection’s article highlights the fact that this “3D-Printer Kit” not only costs less than a tenth the price of most similar machines, but also the only one that can be class-assembled by Middle-Schools, High-Schools, Career-Tech, and Post-Secondary Students alike; and therefore simultaneously delivers a STEM-defined education in Engineering, Applied Math, Manufacturing, Science, Electronics, Robotics, Programming, Mechatronics, and much more.
"Rapid Prototyping and Rapid Manufacturing have changed the way all manufactured products get to-market, and access to ground-breakingly affordable and critical technologies like the RapManUSA can have a life-changing impact on students; and to the Nation’s future place in the Global Economy. Not only will Students in under-resourced communities have budget-friendly access to future-trend Manufacturing and Engineering technologies for the first time, but they now have the opportunity to gain specialized skills and training they wouldn’t gain otherwise," said Richard Amarosa, president of Technology Education Concepts.
The article highlights the fact that the RapManUSA is a STEM learning tool to engage Students along both core-instructional and entertaining channels – being just one more way Teachers can bring together different learning-styles and levels of Students and have them want to work together toward a common goal. As Tom Rosa, of Milford High School in Milford, Massachusetts states, “I can’t keep these students off the RapMan! I ask them if they want to take a break and work on their other projects and they look at me like I am crazy.”
Amongst the research-points delivered in the TechDirection’s article, the National Science Board released a report in 2008 called Science and Engineering Indicators and it stated that the primary learning style amongst children is no longer auditory, but rather kinesthetic and visual. In other words, students learn better ‘hands-on’.
In addition, the RapManUSA article points out that unfortunately, Engineering is one of the least sought-after careers among the United States' degree-seeking students. According to a 2009 Stanford University study,
The 21st Century Engineer: A Proposal for Engineering Education Reform, the number of engineering degrees awarded in the United States has decreased dramatically from the peak year of 1985. In conjunction, The Chronicle of Higher Education recently stated that just 4 percent of American college graduates have a major in engineering; compared with 13 percent of European students and 20 percent of Asian students. The emphasis the U.S. Government and the States have currently placed on the “Race To The Top” grants illustrates how critical Engineering and Science are to America’s future, and to education programs that stimulate STEM activities.
Such hands-on projects like that represented by the RapManUSA intend to rekindle American students' interest in engineering, and, in many school cases around the country, it seems to be working; as Students from all across the country marvel at the products they can physically replicate from their imaginations via any CAD software.
Exeter High School’s Dr. Atwood, in Exeter, New Hampshire, sums it all up nicely. “Our goal as teachers is to provide the springboard for all our students as to what they can accomplish in their lives after they leave our classroom. The RapManUSA is one fine example of a cost-effective STEM teaching tool that inspires, instills confidence, and challenges students to reach for more.”
For more information on the revolutionary $1,495 STEM-defined RapManUSA 3D-Printer, or to purchase, simply go to the www.RapManUSA.com website, or contact Technology Education Concepts at 800-338-2238, or, Email Contact.
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Bits From Bytes Ltd in Clevedon, England – another of TEC’s globally-acclaimed Partners – is the developer of the revolutionary RapManUSA and a pioneer in rapid prototyping innovations.
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