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PrintLab launches Dutch version of 3D printing classroom curriculum

A Spanish version is planned for Q1 2020

UK-based 3D printing education company PrintLab has further expanded its AM-focused curriculum offering by introducing a Dutch-language version of its classroom learning platform. The Dutch version, created in collaboration with Dutch 3D Technology and Education supplier De Rekenwinkel, is the fourth language edition of the curriculum, following English, Greek and Polish. A Spanish edition is reportedly also in the works with a planned release in Q1 2020.

With PrintLab’s 3D printing curriculum, teachers in the Netherlands and other Dutch-speaking regions will be able to offer their students comprehensive and engaging educational content about 3D printing. The program includes a range of projects and lessons (which are updated every month), which are geared not only to students but to the teachers to equip them with the necessary learning tools.

PrintLabs’ educational platform includes information about subject areas and learning criteria, downloadable presentations and student workbooks, step-by-step lesson preparation information and delivery information, as well as teacher training and lesson practice video tutorials.

The curriculum bundle is aimed at enabling teachers to integrate 3D printing not only into the classroom but into other educational areas, such as science, engineering, arts, maths, geography and more. PrintLab Classroom also comes equipped with a number of certification courses and a range of difficulty levels. For instance, students can graduate from TinkerCAD to Fusion 360 for more challenging projects.

PrintLab Dutch curriculum

With the release of the Dutch version of the platform, De Rekenwinkel will become a reseller of PrintLab’s 3D printing curriculum in the Benelux region (including Belgium, the Netherlands and Luxembourg.

Nick Mayor, Co-Founder at PrintLab, commented on the release, saying: “Since launch, we have seen a huge amount of interest in PrintLab Classroom resources from around the world. With over 50 resources and growing, a key challenge for us is to enable educators to be able to use the platform in varying languages. Our mission has always been to prepare the next generation for their future careers by addressing the widening skills gap and I am very proud to say that our mission is now being realized in a number of regions. Our focus is on finding partners that share our belief and vision and in De Rekenwinkel, we have found an inspired team that has education at its core.”

PrintLab Dutch curriculum

Today, PrintLab Classroom is already in use across 25 countries around the world, though the developer hopes its learning tools will become more widely accessible with more language versions.

“We are very excited to start the cooperation with PrintLab for the Benelux market,” said Klaas Kuperus, Sales Director of De Rekenwinkel. “Over the last few months, we’ve been learning a lot ourselves with the Classroom platform and we are very happy to have the chance to offer the students of the Dutch primary and secondary schools the same experience! 3D printing and scanning offers huge learning possibilities and with the PrintLab Classroom adapting this to real-life situations and being cross-curricular, I am convinced teachers and students will love it!”

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Tess Boissonneault

Tess Boissonneault moved from her home of Montreal, Canada to the Netherlands in 2014 to pursue a master’s degree in Media Studies at the University of Amsterdam. It was during her time in Amsterdam that she became acquainted with 3D printing technology and began writing for a local additive manufacturing news platform. Now based in France, Tess has over two and a half years experience writing, editing and publishing additive manufacturing content with a particular interest in women working within the industry. She is an avid follower of the ever-evolving AM industry.

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