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We're very excited to announce that the Newton Free Library has purchased a 3D printer! 3D printing is a process for making a physical object from a three- dimensional digital model by laying down successive, thin layers of material. It's also called additive manufacturing. There are many kinds of printers out there that handle materials from ceramic to plastic to powdered titanium. The Newton Free Library now has a MakerBot Replicator 2X that can print in plastic.
What is STEAM?
STEAM stands for Science, Technology, Engineering, Art,
Mathematics. Educationally this maps onto the STEM
(Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics)
initiative from the U. S. Department of Education and
the National Science Foundation. We like to add an “A”
too for Art, making it STEAM! 3D printing is a
multidisciplinary technology that integrates all five.
When can you participate?
Every month we’ll have a STEAM theme and be running
programs for all ages. March is National Craft Month, so
that’s when we’ll be kicking off our year of STEAM
programming. Our two-month long kick-off will be
celebrated with a Creator Faire on Saturday, April 26.
Why do STEAM programming?
We want you to learn about the latest technologies
first-hand and develop your skills in designing, making,
tinkering, and more! Our goal is to make new
technologies more accessible to everyone and to
provide innovative programming that’s all about
experimentation and hands-on learning.