More than 600 primary and secondary schools worldwide, including 21 in Wisconsin, will be receiving polymer 3D-printing packages free from the GE Additive Education Program (AEP).

This is the second year GE Additive – part of GE Corporation the same as GE Healthcare that employs more than 6,000 in Wisconsin –  has awarded a polymer 3D printing package to hundreds of schools.  Each package includes hardware, software and science, technology, engineering, art, and mathematics (STEAM) curriculum and will be delivered by the end of September.

The Wisconsin schools that will be receiving the GE Additive Education Program are:

Burlington: Lyons Center

Butler: St. Agnes

Greendale:  Greendale Middle School, Martin Luther High School

Hartland:  Lake Country School

Milwaukee:  Bradley Tech High School, Grandview High School, Milwaukee College & Career High School, Pius XI Catholic High School, St. Augustine Preparatory Academy, Veritas High School, Windlake Academy, Windlake Elementary, Young Coggs Williams Preparatory Academy

Mukwonago:  Section Elementary School

New Berlin:  Star of Bethlehem School

New Holstein:  New Holstein Middle School

Newburg:  St. Johns Evangelical Lutheran School

Sussex:  Woodside Elementary

Waukesha:  Waukesha South High School’s Engineering Preparatory Academy

West Allis:  General Mitchell Elementary

 

These schools are in addition to the 16 Wisconsin schools that GE Additive awarded 3D printers to in 2017.

“We appreciate the investment and inspiration being made in Wisconsin schools,” said Bill Berezowitz, Vice President of Imaging Subsystems at GE Healthcare in Milwaukee. “We are using 3D technology in our advanced manufacturing and foresee expanded use in many sectors. Having youth experimenting with this technology now will help provide skills to these students that will be useful in their future.”

For K-12, primary and secondary schools, the program aims to build an ecosystem for 3D printing in education by networking students, machines and content via an online platform, the Polar Cloud.

Now in its second year, the AEP will have donated more than 1,000 polymer 3D printers to schools in 30 countries by the end of 2018, providing access to technology and curriculum to more than 400,000 students.

More than 3,000 primary and secondary schools from more countries applied to participate in the AEP’s 2018 cycle, representing a significant year on year increase.

Educators and students from participating schools join the Polar Cloud to access tools, software and applications in a collaborative and secure environment.  Packages awarded in 2018 include a Polar Cloud premium account, a Dremel Digilab 3D45 polymer 3D printer, six rolls of replacement filament, STEAM curriculum and lesson plans.

“Additive’s time is now.  It is already transforming how we design, engineer and manufacture complex and everyday items.  But we have to keep an eye on the future and ensure we have enough engineers, coders and materials scientists coming through the education system to fulfill the potential of additive manufacturing,” said Jason Oliver, President & CEO, GE Additive.

Teachers are creatively incorporating 3D printing technology into lesson plans across a wide range of subjects to enhance the learning experience.  Others have carried out detailed analysis for science fairs, including on how additively manufactured parts could enhance musical instruments.  And some schools have organized maker fairs to create and sell gifts to fundraise for community projects.

GE Additive has made a significant financial commitment over five years to invest in educational programs to deliver polymer 3D printers to primary and secondary schools and metal 3D printers to colleges and universities around the world.

Colleges and universities that will be awarded a metal additive manufacturing system as part of the AEP will be announced later this month.

For more information about GE Additive Education, visit their website https://www.ge.com/additive/