3D teacher training gets a big boost at ECU

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Media Release by Edith Cowan University

Edith Cowan University (ECU) is excited to announce a new partnership between the School of Education and FUJIFILM Business Innovation Australia.

The collaboration will see the introduction of the very latest in global printing technologies, with the installation of state-of-the-art UltiMaker 3D printing devices, supplied by FUJIFILM Business Innovation Australia.

“We are thrilled to continue to be at the forefront of quality, modern and innovative teacher education here at ECU.

“It’s no secret that the ability to learn with and integrate 3D printing technology into everyday teacher training is that next step in preparing the teachers of the future and for industry collaboration,” Dean School of Education Glenda Campbell-Evans said.

ECU’s School of Education will deliver professional development training in 3D printing for its students and offer in-service training for teachers.

The technology will also be used as a tool for research support.

“This is about bringing learning to life, offering innovative research technologies to take teacher education and research projects to a new level,” she said.

“We are proud to partner with Australia’s leading university for teacher education to bring learning to life through 3D printing technology, teacher training, and research support to build the STEM skills of the future,” said Dan Smith, General Manager of Marketing and Business Development, FUJIFILM Business Innovation Australia.

“Designed for everyday use in the classroom with professional results, UltiMaker devices enable 3D printing across a broad range of open-source applications – from simple models to help primary students grasp concepts right through to complex technical models in university labs.”

As a part of the agreement, FUJIFILM Business Innovation Australia will also fund a PhD scholarship to investigate the use of 3D technology in secondary schools to enhance student engagement and aspirations in STEM learning.

For those interested in this research opportunity please contact Dr Julie Boston, Industry Partnerships and Engagement, School of Education for more details.

Use of the new 3D printing technology will commence in Semester one 2023.

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