Friday, April 5, 2019

Exploring STEM with @MyStemKits and @Robo3D

I'm always on the lookout for programs that can help support teachers interested in expanding their work in STEM, but are not sure where to start. It is tough to find the right balance of a program or tool that is easy to use and understand and then implement with students in a seamless fashion. When Braydon Moreno reached out to me to let me know that Robo3D had acquired My Stem Kits and were bringing the companies together to support teachers, I was very interested.

Braydon sent me a Robo3D to explore and then I was given access to My Stem Kits to see what they had to offer. I have to say, right out of the box, the Robo E3 is phenomenal. Here are some of the specs that are worth noting,

This is a wonderful print size and resolution for a printer. An average school doesn't need more than this. While there are other 3D printers that are larger and much more expensive, schools are paying for something they do not need. At $999, the Robo E3 is all the printer a classroom will need. 

Some other nice aspects of the printer is that it offers Cloud printing. You set up the printer to be connected to wifi and you can send to the printer from anywhere in the school. It is a nice feature to have so a computer does not need to be tethered to the printer at all times. The printer is fully enclosed and has a HEPA filter built in. Depending on the type of filament you are using, Robo E3 can use over 20 different kinds, it is nice to have the filter to grab any fumes or particles that might be created while printing. The E3 also has a heated bed that allows for easy print job removals. It has an auto calibration feature and the print head is removable. These are amazing features to have at great price point. The print jobs themselves look amazing as well. 

This is a Ballista that a student printed and will assemble. This came from a great lesson on My Stem Kits that explored force in Physics. The print is very solid and perfect for the student to assemble and see what the Ballista can do. The student still needs to assemble it, but when he does, I will be tweeting it out using the hashtag #Robo3D.

This takes me to My Stem Kits and I have to say, this is a nice program filled with wonderful lessons that can help any teacher new to the world of 3D printing. Here is a short video that explains what is. 

This paid platform is a full of wonderful resources that cover K12 curriculum. Here is a quick screenshot of the first page of projects and lessons. 

There are literally hundreds of different lessons and projects that students and teachers can use. The year long subscription is a great way to explore the different aspects of 3D printing by using wonderfully curated content that can be tweaked to fit any learning environment. 

Overall, this is a two punch knockout of an amazing system. Reach out for a quote on getting My Stem Kits and the E3 bundled together for a reduced price. That is a great deal! Click here for more details. 

Robo and My Stem Kits provided me with a demo for the purpose of this review, but that doesn't make it any less awesome. 

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