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3D Printing for schools and districts with the GE Additive Program Grant 2018

If you are looking at introducing or expanding 3D printing and design for your school, then Makers Empire can try to help you achieve funding for such a program through the GE Additive Program grants.

Now in its second year, the GE Additive Program provides schools with all the tools for a successful 3D printing and design program. This includes 3D printers, easy to use 3D design software, lesson plans aligned to standards, professional development and teacher management tools.

Applications are now open and close on 28 February, 2018.

 

Are you eligible?

Applications can be made in one of three categories:

  1. Primary and secondary schools (ages 8-18)
  2. University and College Program (ages 18+)
  3. Discount Program

What could your school receive?

GE is investing $10 million over five years in educational programs to deliver Polar Cloud-enabled polymer 3D printers to primary and secondary schools and metal 3D printers to colleges and universities around the world.

This support will be spread across the three categories:

1. Primary and secondary schools (ages 8-18)
GE is awarding schools and colleges Polar Cloud enabled 3D printers from Dremel, Flashforge and Ultimaker plus Polar Cloud curriculum from Makers Empire, BlocksCAD and STEAMtrax as well as materials, training and professional development.

2. University and College Program (ages 18+)
GE is awarding metal additive machines to selected colleges and universities around the world.

3. Discount Program
GE is awarding bulk discounts on Polar Cloud enabled 3D printers from Dremel, Flashforge and Ultimaker plus Polar Cloud curriculum from Makers Empire, BlocksCAD and STEAMtrax as well as materials, training and professional development.

Selection Criteria

Applicants will be reviewed and selections based on a variety of factors including, but not limited to:

  1. Geography: the Program is global.
  2. Leaders: preference to schools that commit to drive student access, engagement and to showcase student & classroom works on the platform
  3. Talent: preference to schools that commit to participate in Program Challenges and other Program activities aimed to reward student and classroom performance.
  4. Potential: preference to schools that lack 3D printing equipment (0-3 printers) but have a strong commitment to STEAM and the resources necessary to drive student access and engagement on the platform.
  5. Ambassadors: preference to schools that are experienced with 3D printing and willing to be very active on the platform including supporting other Program schools, educators and students.

What is Expected of Selected Schools

The Program is building an ecosystem for 3D printing in education by networking students, machines and content via an online platform, the Polar Cloud. Educators and students from participating schools join the Polar Cloud to access the tools being provided under the Program, including 3D printers, curricula, design software, apps, competitions and more in a collaborative and secure environment.

Participating schools can help grow the ecosystem and the value it provides students by:

  1. Access: get as many students, parents and educators as possible on the platform.
  2. Access: connecting the 3D printers to the Polar Cloud and making them available “share” with educators and students.
  3. Engagement: be active, utilize the curricula, encourage students to use the design tools, participate in Program competitions, collaborate on the platform, be entrepreneurial.
  4. Engagement: print, print, print.

What Participating Teachers Say 

Important Dates

Opens: 19 Jan 2018 12:00 AM (EST)

Deadline: 28 Feb 2018 12:00 AM (EST)

Need help?

Have questions? Email us at info@makersempire.com with ‘GE Additive Program’ as the subject.