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2014 Hawaii STEM Conference Event Summary

May 7, 2014
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Our President and Chief 3D Printing Officer, Collin Kobayashi, was a participant at the Hawaii STEM Conference over the past weekend and below is his summary from the event…

Hawaii STEM Conference“The 2014 STEMWorks Conference included over 300 students from 15+ schools across the state.  With breakout sessions from 3D Design to Game Design, students were exposed to many industry technologies and got opportunities to learn about them from experts.  The conference also included onsite design competitions which included Digital Media, Game Design, 3D Design (Product Design) and Video Design.  Students were given tasks for each competition and were required to produce content according to the specifications given.

Guest speakers included a mapping expert from National Geographic, Economic Development leader, and former technology student turned entrepreneur.  They shared their knowledge and expertise, providing insight on the importance of technology and the various applications available.

All in all, it was another great event that showcased the STEM projects and activities going on in the state and collaborative effort in providing opportunities to our future workforce.”

View pictures from the event on our 3D Innovations Facebook page!

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3D Innovations is a full service 3D Engineering/Design company – from the 3D Design to a fully functional 3D Prototype & Product.

3D Academy, A Division of 3D Innovations, LLC provides training services specializing in 3D Computer Aided Design (CAD) and 3D Printing Technology.

The Hawaii STEM Conference is Quickly Approaching

April 30, 2014
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Hawaii STEM Conference

The annual Hawaii STEM Conference is almost here! We are thrilled to be a partner again this year for such a wonderful event!

At this year’s conference 3D Innovations will be hosting several breakout sessions covering areas of 3D Design and 3D Printing. (To view the entire list of breakout sessions please click here.)

In addition to these breakout sessions, 3D Innovations will be hosting a Design Competition, where students will be given a design task to create a design based on specific requirements. They will have most of Friday and Saturday to complete their designs. Each team will then  present their final design solutions to a panel of judges for review.

Each year this conference becomes larger and reaches even more students in Hawaii. The turnout for this 5th annual Hawaii STEM Conference is sure to be extraordinary and we look forward to sharing our passion for STEM education with all of these young minds. Hope to see you there!

Further conference information can be found on the official website.

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3D Innovations is a full service 3D Engineering/Design company – from the 3D Design to a fully functional 3D Prototype & Product.

3D Academy, A Division of 3D Innovations, LLC provides training services specializing in 3D Computer Aided Design (CAD) and 3D Printing Technology.

We will be at the Technology Fun Fair this Saturday

April 24, 2014
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We are thrilled to be participating in the Technology Fun Fair on Saturday, April 26th at Kahala Mall (Honolulu, Hawaii) from 11am – 3pm! This is going to be a great event for the entire family! Visitors will be able to view fantastic K-12 STEM projects and see how these STEM activities can lead to future careers in technology.

The event will be showcasing school STEM programs, like robotics, as well as University programs, business accelerators, and established technology, engineering and science companies with fun, hands-on activities.

We hope to see you there!

To learn more about the event on the Hawaii Business event calendar or High Technology Development Corporation’s website.

*We will be sure to update you with pictures on our blog after the event!

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3D Innovations is a full service 3D Engineering/Design company – from the 3D Design to a fully functional 3D Prototype & Product.

3D Academy, A Division of 3D Innovations, LLC provides training services specializing in 3D Computer Aided Design (CAD) and 3D Printing Technology.

Hawaii FIRST LEGO League 2013 Championship Tournament

December 12, 2013
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Last weekend our President & Chief 3D Officer, Collin Kobayashi, was invited to be a judge at the Hawaii FIRST LEGO League Championship Tournament. This year there Hawaii FIRST Lego Leaguewas an exceptional turn out with 48 teams from across the state participating!

The 48 teams were judged on three categories: Core Values, Project, and Robot Design. Each team needed to answer questions related to their project, provide a project overview, demonstrate how teamwork played an important role in their robot design, and how to effectively problem solve.

This year, the Dolphinators came out on top winning the 1st place Champion Award — Congratulations!

It was great to see all of these exceptional students so excited about robotics!

Learn more about the Hawaii FIRST LEGO League State Championship

Hawaii FIRST LEGO LeagueIf you are not familiar with FIRST LEGO League, it is a robotics program for 9 to 14 year olds, which is designed to get children excited about science and technology — and teach them valuable employment and life skills. FLL can be used in a classroom setting but is not solely designed for this purpose. Teams, composed of up to ten children with at least one adult coach, can also be associated with a pre-existing club or organization, homeschooled, or just be a group of friends who wish to do something awesome.

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3D Academy, A Division of 3D Innovations, LLC provides training services specializing in 3D Computer Aided Design (CAD) and 3D Printing Technology.

My 3D Academy

November 21, 2013
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3D Academy, A Division of 3D Innovations, LLC provides training services specializing in 3D Computer Aided Design (CAD) and 3D Printing Technology.

3D Academy promotes Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) education programs that integrate 3D Technology into K–12, as well as university classrooms. Using hands-on and project based learning strategies, we have been effective in providing students with opportunities to excel in the areas of STEM and to integrate industry applications into their learning experiences. Our core program utilizes 3D CAD and takes students through the entire design process (design, prototyping, manufacturing, etc.). When integrated into school curriculum, our STEM education programs provides students with opportunities to solve real world design problems, engage with industry standard technology, and transform concepts into reality. Education programs are available statewide and have been integrated with many robotics programs such as FIRST, UROV,
BotBall, and First Lego League. Programs are both customizable and scalable to meet various applications and grade levels.

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Bringing CAD (Computer-Aided Design) into the Classroom

July 18, 2013
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Most think of CAD and 3D modeling as technology that’s taught at the college or professional level, it is now trickling down to high-school and even middle-school classrooms. CAD increasingly is shaping the education of America’s youth in ways that far outstrip its original application as a drafting tool. Its use is helping to shore up the country’s supply of engineers by instilling a passion for technology use at a young age.

When it comes to fostering students’ interest in a subject current wisdom says the window of opportunity is closing by the time students finish middle school. That, together with an emphasis on the importance of teaching process and critical thinking, is what’s driving the push to introduce CAD technologies to students in the third through twelfth grades.

3D Academy, the educational branch of 3D Innovations, focuses on bringing CAD into the classroom. Our program curriculum is structured and designed to give students a head start in their careers as well as exposure to industry practices. Curriculum is focused on pre-engineering principles that integrate CAD, engineering design, drafting, and manufacturing.

Opportunity and exposure to STEM fields are key to fostering interest, but a student’s belief in his or her ability to make a contribution to the professional world is an important precursor to pursuing what often is a hidden dream. CAD is helping students gain that confidence.

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3D Academy, A Division of 3D Innovations, LLC provides training services specializing in 3D Computer Aided Design (CAD) Technology.

Popular 3D Printing & STEM Education News (June 17th – June 21st)

June 21, 2013
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Here is your 3D printing and STEM education news roundup for the week! BIG news in the world of 3D Printing broke this week, Stratasys acquired MakerBot! This $400M deal had the internet buzzing with excitement and speculations. It will be very interesting to see what the future holds after this acquisition is complete…We will be sure to stay tuned and let you know what we hear in the coming weeks.

As always, if you would like to share news with the 3D Innovations community please leave it as a comment on this blog post. Thank you!

3D Printing News

STEM Education News

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3D Innovations is a full service 3D Engineering/Design company – from the  3D Design to a fully functional 3D Prototype & Product.

Popular 3D Printing & STEM Education News (June 10th – June 14th)

June 14, 2013
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It’s Friday and you know what that means…it’s time for your weekly 3D Printing and STEM education news roundup! This week in the ever growing world of 3D printing the “big” news is that Amazon has now entered the playing field (please see below for a couple articles related to this business move). In the realm of STEM education, we really found the article Engineering students want jobs at NASA, Google, Boeing, Apple and Microsoft — in that order very intriguing and it gives you real insight into the frame of mind of our engineering students and what really inspires them.

On a side note, we would like to thank everyone that made it out to our second Product Design and Development Seminar on Monday, June 10th in Honolulu at the Manoa Innovation Center! We had a wonderful time sharing information and meeting everyone!

If you would like to share a news article with the 3D Innovations community, please leave it as a comment on this blog post. Thank you!

3D Printing News

STEM Education News

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3D Innovations is a full service 3D Engineering/Design company – from the  3D Design to a fully functional 3D Prototype & Product.

Popular 3D Printing & STEM Education News (June 3rd – June 7th)

June 7, 2013
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Happy Friday! Your weekly 3D Printing and STEM Education news roundup has arrived! This week was full of articles related to the incredible opportunities 3D printing technology has opened for businesses and inventors. What doors has 3D printing opened for you?

As always, if you would like to share a news article with the 3D Innovations community, please leave it as a comment on this blog post. Thank you!

3D Printing News

STEM Education News

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3D Innovations is a full service 3D Engineering/Design company – from the  3D Design to a fully functional 3D Prototype & Product.

Why You Should Care About the Future of STEM Education

April 18, 2013
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We all know the acronym, and what it means, but what does STEM Education mean to the future of the U.S. Economy?

It is widely discussed, and well-known, that America is lagging behind the international economy when it comes to developing skilled workers in the fields of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics. America’s youth are not seeking a post-secondary education, and thus a career, in the STEM fields in the same way international communities are. In 2003, only four percent of U.S. college graduates majored in engineering compared to 13 percent of European students and 20 percent of students in Asia. This is very shocking  since there appears to be data supporting careers and jobs in STEM occupations (Evolution of STEM in the United States).

For America to gain back its economic edge on the international economy, it is imperative that we develop the technical knowledge of our youth. As stated by Rodger Bybee, Past-President of the Biological Sciences Curriculum Study (BSCS), “For a society so deeply dependent on technology and engineering, we are largely ignorant about technology, engineering concepts, and processes, and we have largely ignored this incongruity in our educational system” (Bybee, 2000). In the past, youth had significant events such as the launch of Sputnik by Russia in 1957 and the U.S. Moon Landing in 1969 to invigorate their interest in STEM subjects, which triggered investment in the form of scholarships and training programs. A “re-invigoration” of interest in STEM subjects is of paramount importance, and efforts are underway to achieve this (see infographic from Teach.com below).

Without homegrown, American, talent to fill the voids currently seen in STEM careers, the United States will continually lag behind the international community. The inspiration of our youth is a task appointed to everyone, from parents and teachers to government officials and business leaders, stressing the importance, excitement and benefits provided by these fields, America can move from a follower in STEM fields to a leader once again.

We look forward to discussing STEM Education at the 4th Annual Hawaii STEM Conference (April 19th and 20th).

Several Sources were utilized for this article:

Is STEM education declining in the U.S.? Source: ZDNet

Evolution of STEM in the United States Source: William E. Dugger, Jr., Senior Fellow International Technology and Engineering Educators Association

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3D Innovations is a full service 3D Engineering/Design company – from the  3D Design to a fully functional 3D Prototype & Product.

3D Academy, A Division of 3D Innovations, LLC provides training services specializing in 3D Computer Aided Design (CAD) Technology. 3D Academy promotes Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) education programs that integrate 3D Technology into K–12, as well as university classrooms.