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[January 31, 2013]

New 3D printer helps transform middle school learning at Hillel Academy

Jan 31, 2013 (PRNewsChannel.com via COMTEX) -- Students can now create exactly what they imagine PR NewsChannel TAMPA, Fla.

Never mind the laptops at every student desk or the iPads in the media room. What's really causing buzz these days at Hillel Academy is the new 3D printer.

It's a printer that makes it possible for students to create any object they imagine.

"Up until now student work was always limited to the virtual world, printed pictures or preformed objects," says Michael Gamson, director of IT services at Hillel. "That's no longer the case." Gamson oversees technology acquisitions at the Tampa private school. He says the possibilities are endless.


"The 3D printer allows students to take models which they create in software and produce real world physical objects out of plastic," says Gamson.

Middle school students at Hillel are currently learning real world drafting skills. A generation ago, those skills were taught post collegeaEUR"and only to those with engineering and architecture degrees.

The technology is so revolutionary, and well, fun, experts see using 3D printers as part of teaching core subjects like science and math.

For example, a 3D printer could be used instead of a Lego(R) set. Imagine being able to print your own blocks or figurines.

It's all a part of the future of education down the road. But already part of learning at Hillel Academy, which prides itself at being ahead of the curve.

In fact, Hillel Academy is already exploring ways to incorporate 3D modeling into a variety of disciplinesaEUR"from modeling cell structures to experimenting with architecture.

"Hillel Academy students now have the ability to turn their digital dreams into physical reality," says Amy Wasser, Head of School at Hillel Academy. "We anticipate this becoming a strong part of our program, so that students can see that creativity is key in any successful project." Wasser says it's impossible to miss students' excitement.

"They are becoming inspired by the incredible opportunities they will have for shaping the world they will inherit," says Wasser. "This technology is in its infancy, it is exciting to think of how advanced 3D printing will become by the time Hillel's middle school students graduate college.

"Hillel students will be ready to take it to the next level." CONTACT:Amy WasserHillel Academy of Tampa813.963.2242Website: www.hillelacademytampa.com Direct link: http://www.prnewschannel.com/2013/01/31/new-3d-printer-helps-transform-middle-school-learning-at-hillel-academy/ SOURCE: Hillel Academy of Tampa 7

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