PEORIA, Ariz.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--The STEM Academy, a national non-profit status organization dedicated to improving STEM literacy for all students, today announced a partnership with Stratasys, a leading manufacturer of 3D printers and production systems for prototyping and manufacturing, to advocate for best of class STEM programming. The partnership incorporates Stratasys 3D printers into The STEM Academy’s curriculum programing to enrich students’ preparation for 21st century internships and careers.
“The manifestation of true STEM education is students solving open-ended problems,” said Russell Mickelson, CEO of The STEM Academy. “It is this critical thinking capability which elevates testing results. When true STEM education practice incorporates 21st century real-world application, students are prepared to compete in the global economy. Partnering with the global leader in Stratasys will allow the schools we serve the opportunity to provide students with unique, real-world 21st century experiences in the classroom.”
Incorporating Stratasys 3D printers into STEM education allows students to print designs of 3-dimensional objects into actual 3-dimensional objects. In addition to enhancing the learning experience, 3D printing technology also allows students to build a work portfolio while still in high school, better preparing students to earn internships and career advancement upon high school graduation.
“We see a growing importance of STEM education for our future workforce,” said Jesse Roitenberg, Stratasys education program manager. “The STEM Academy represents high quality programming, and we look forward to partnering with them to further the mission of STEM education.”
The STEM Academy’s partnership with Stratasys is its latest partnership with an industry leading company that is committed to the implementation of STEM education. Additionally, The STEM Academy has partnered with global software leader Solidworks and global precision machining leader MasterCAM.
About The STEM Academy
The practices, strategies and programming utilized within The STEM Academy (K-16 Program) were developed from identified national best practices by the National Academy of Engineering and National Science Foundation. Curriculum features dual-credit agreements with over 180+ post-secondary institutions. Instructors may earn up to 9 graduate school credits through the STEM 101 professional development program.
Stratasys is a leading manufacturer of 3D printers, production systems, and materials for prototyping and manufacturing. It’s patented FDM® and Polyjet® 3D printers produce parts directly from 3D CAD files or other data.