SUNY New Paltz hosts 3D printing workshops for local educators

SUNY New Paltz is serving as a classroom for regional educators and administrators taking part in STEAM It Up! workshops throughout the month of July.

The workshops, designed and led by Assistant Professor of Art Education Aaron Knochel, give an overview on the College’s 3D printing curriculum — Digital Design and Fabrication (DDF) — hands-on training on the college’s 3D printers and software, and discussions of interdisciplinary approaches to STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math) curriculum using digital fabrication.

Each session has attracted a full spectrum of K-12 educators, from art teachers to chemistry teachers, who have an interest in digital design and fabrication and utilizing these new technologies in their classroom.

“We not only benefit our university students but ultimately can better serve our function as a community member and regional resource to the Mid-Hudson Valley through workshops and professional development opportunities such as the STEAM It Up! workshops,” said Knochel.

With support from the School of Science and Engineering, the School of Fine and Performing Arts, and the Mid-Hudson Teacher Center, Knochel facilitated the STEAM It Up! workshops as a continuation of SUNY New Paltz’s 3D printing initiative and partnership with educators in the Hudson Valley.

“The DDF program and our STEAM It Up! workshops represent a prime example of an effective partnership with our colleagues in K-12 education,” said Paul Kassel, interim dean of the School of Fine and Performing Arts. “The College (and the program) is the link between students and the working world.  These dedicated educators are indeed our partners in preparing young people for careers in the 21st century.”

Anyone interested in the 3D printing initiative at SUNY New Paltz, the Hudson Valley Advanced Manufacturing Center, or attending similar 3D printing events, can contact the School of Science and Engineering at (845) 257-3728.