ShopBot Announces “Digital Fab Tools for Schools” Collaboration with Autodesk
by MichaelBerliner • January 9, 2013 • Resources, The Digital Fab Revolution
$2500 Vouchers For Teachers toward Purchase of Powerful Desktop CNC Tool and Autodesk 123D Design Software
Durham, NC — January 9, 2013 ShopBot Tools, a leader in digital design and fabrication tools, has launched “Digital Fab Tools for Schools,” a special promotion supporting the wider availability of digital fabrication technology and curricula in high schools and middle schools, in collaboration with Autodesk, Inc. Using digital fabrication tools helps teachers incorporate hands-on “making” to successfully teach STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) and other subjects.
A generous sponsorship from Autodesk, the leader in cloud-based design and engineering software, provides interested teachers with a voucher worth $2500 toward the purchase of a ShopBot Desktop CNC Tool packaged with Autodesk123D Design software — a free 3D modeling tool that allows users to created a digital model and then 3D-print or fabricate their idea — along with training and support to help teachers get going with hands-on technology projects in the classroom. Vouchers are only available to teachers and other educators, who can sign up for the promotion at 100kSchools.org. Fifty ShopBot Desktops have been set aside for the program on a first come, first served basis.
Ted Hall, Founder and CEO of ShopBot, explained, “Along with the Desktop tool and Autodesk software, we’ll be providing special tutorials for teachers to help them get up to speed with digital fabrication, and its empowering capability to teach STEM, arts and other subjects. Our education customers continually report that students make real progress in math and science by making projects. ”
The “Digital Fab Schools for Schools” Vouchers are only available online. Teachers should visit 100kSchools.org to sign up. One of the benefits of the program is free access to the growing digital fabrication teachers’ community of 100kSchools.org. This resource houses free classroom projects, curricula, and forums for teachers. And with its “Buddy” (teachers helping teachers) community, 100kSchools.org will help connect the growing number of educators who are incorporating digital fabrication into their STEM, vocational, arts, and entrepreneurial programs.