At Tractus3D, we think it is very important to work closely with various universities and colleges that offer technical education. After all, 3D printing is one of the new key technologies and the technicians of the next decade are in school right now. For this reason, we provide significant discounts for educational institutions and we like to engage students by giving them an insight into our practice. This way students get the opportunity to think along with us about certain (technical) challenges.
Last week we participated in the Fortes Technasium speed date program. Especially organized for students who follow the course research & design. Very diverse companies participated in the program by submitting a technical matter in a project which the students could join. This allows students to apply their knowledge and skills in practice within a real company with a real case.
It is important to involve students into 3D printing in an early stage and let them explore the possibilities. Especially students from Technasium (Dutch) education. In the Netherlands more employees with skills in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) are needed to overcome the shortage of sufficiently trained staff in the technology sector. To address this problem a special educational program called Technasium, consisting of a Research and Design course supplementing normal pre-college or pre-university education is introduced in a number of secondary schools.
The Technasium is a nationally developed formula for STEM education at HAVO and VWO, which has been in existence since 2003. Currently there are 94 technasia, spread throughout the Netherlands. Central within the technasium is the subject Research & Design (R&D), in which students work in teams on current STEM assignments from practice. This is done from the first class up to and including the exam. Because technasium pupils get to know a wide range of sectors, professions, subjects and issues within STEM at an early stage, they are well equipped for a well-considered choice and further career. Within technasium education, students develop the competences and skills needed within the beta technique. Such as creativity, enterprise, cooperation, inventiveness, communication, plans, project-based work, organisation and process and knowledge-oriented work.