Stratasys Partners with STEM Inc, Science Centre Singapore to Introduce 3D Design and Printing Applied Programs to Inspire the Next Generation of Engineers and Scientists
· STEM Inc runs 3D STEM Applied Learning Programs to offer primary, secondary and junior college students their first-hand design and additive fabrication experience
· Temasek Polytechnic is the first educational institution to introduce 3D printing curriculum in Asia Pacific and Japan
Singapore, 9 December 2015- Stratasys Ltd. (Nasdaq:SSYS), the 3D printing and additive manufacturing solutions company, today announced the partnership with STEM Inc, Science Centre Singapore to run 3D design and printing applied learning programs for primary, secondary and junior colleges. This offers local students with first-hand design and additive fabrication experience. Stratasys is dedicated to the sharing of 3D printing knowledge with educational institutions, government bodies and business organizations at Singapore’s first 3D Experience Center.
Through its partnership with STEM Inc, Science Centre Singapore, Stratasys has successfully reached out to students from four primary and secondary schools as well as junior colleges under the pilot program held earlier in 2015 to introduce design and additive manufacturing to the students. During the two-day workshop, students were exposed to the limitless capabilities of 3D printing as part of their applied learning program by designing and producing their own 3d printed models.
Chief Executive of Science Centre Singapore, Associate Professor Lim Tit Meng, speaks at Stratasys’ media event today about the benefits of introducing technologies like additive manufacturing at a young age to the future Singaporeans who will play a pivotal role in shaping the future of Singapore in key areas like R&D and product innovation.
“There has been tremendous progress made in the areas of 3D innovation and 3D printing in recent years. Partnering with industry leader such as Stratasys enables students to gain early access to this new cutting edge technology and to equip themselves with better skills, so as to contribute to the real-world STEM industries in future,” commented Associate Professor Lim Tit Meng.
“The education program provides the opportunity for students to try their hand at it, and for educators to prepare skilled employees for the future, bridging the gap between education and the actual workforce,” said Ido Eylon, General Manager at Stratasys South Asia & Pacific. “Moving forward, we believe the next generation of engineers and designers will be able to unleash even more possibilities in 3D printing as we continue to push the boundaries of this innovative technology,” added Ido.
Stratasys’ media event also invited Temasek Polytechnic lecturer to share her experience in driving interest in engineering and technology among tertiary students through the adoption of the Stratasys education curriculum in its engineering course.
“Working with Stratasys has enhanced the learning progress of our students greatly as they are more engaged in their engineering studies while they obtain hands-on experience to operate the latest 3D technologies, 3D printing systems and design for additive manufacturing, which are very relevant across industries currently,” said Chee Feng Peng, Lecturer at Temasek Polytechnic.
The demand for engineers, scientists and skilled technicians is constantly on the rise as technology continues to touch every aspect of our lives, and this is outstripping supply of new talents coming into the workforce. Many countries are already facing shortage of talent with science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) skills. According to the Ministry of Manpower in Singapore, four of the top 10 professions with the biggest number of vacancies today in the country are engineering-related.
Stratasys, as the leading 3D printing solutions company, is committed to actively work with educational institutions and partnering organizations to drive interest in STEM education. Organizations that are keen to make use of the 3D experience center can get in touch with Stratasys directly, or work with STEM Inc to reach Stratasys.
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