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STEM Academy Partnership Leverages 3D Printing To Prepare Students for the Future

Lower costs and increased accessibility have helped 3D printing gain traction over the past several months, bringing a once highly specialized technology into the mainstream. Following that trend, STEM Academy, a non-profit focused on improving science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) education for all students, has partnered with 3D printing company Stratasys to enhance STEM programming.

According to a recent announcement, integrating 3D printers into STEM education gives students an opportunity to prototype three-dimensional objects and designs in the classroom setting, adding to the overall learning experience. The new partnership will also give participants a chance to build a portfolio that translates into the current marketplace, enhancing 21st century skills and better preparing them for internships and other career opportunities after graduation.

"The manifestation of true STEM education is students solving open-ended problems," said Russell Mickelson, CEO of The STEM Academy, in a prepared statement. "It is this critical thinking capability which elevates testing results. When true STEM education practice incorporates 21stcentury 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."

The partnership with Stratasys is the latest in a string of STEM Academy collaborations intended to promote and enhance STEM education across the country.

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