The Ultimaker North America team was excited to attend ACTE’s CareerTech Vision 2017! As the largest national education association dedicated to the advancement of education and career preparation, ACTE was founded in 1926 and continues to embrace 21st-century tools like digital fabrication. This year’s event featured over 200 exhibitors with over 300 breakout sessions for guests to explore the latest news and advancements in STEM-related career paths.
Located in booth #241 on the exhibit hall floor, Ultimaker was able to connect with educators, industry representatives, and business leaders interested in facilitating growth within the STEM community. Many educators who stopped by our booth, though already experienced in 3D printing, wanted to see the reliability and speed of Ultimaker printers in action.
From educators to business leaders
Pleasantly surprised to see speedy print times on Ultimaker, visiting educators were inspired by the many ways they can incorporate 3D printing into design lessons that enhance engagement. Water-soluble material and breakaway support were also a big hit at the Ultimaker booth. Drawn to PVA for its simple disposal down the drain after support is dissolved, educators appreciated the lack of chemical exposure and excess waste that comes with Ultimaker water-soluble support material.
Liz Arum, Education Community Strategist at Ultimaker North America, remembers one booth visitor commenting on how clear it is that Ultimaker sees the bigger picture of 3D printing when compared to competitors. "The event was a great opportunity to connect with educators within and beyond the Ultimaker community," Liz says. "It was interesting to chat with leaders in the education industry about where STEM is headed, too."
Industry representatives and business leaders who visited our booth at ACTE’s CareerTech Vision 2017 were also impressed with the ease of use they could experience through Ultimaker. Many remarked upon the simplicity of customization for prints, which only increases productivity by streamlining the design iteration process.
Pioneering presentations and giveaways
We saw Ultimaker Pioneers at the event, who were there to speak with fellow educators about the benefits of 3D printing in education. Pioneer Josh Ajima spoke on Friday during his session “Design, Make, Market Challenge: From idea to product in a single class period!” in which he used an Ultimaker printer as part of his presentation.
Josh’s session highlighted the key aspects and benefits of challenging students to design, 3D print, and market their own original ideas. He also created swag to hand out to guests, some of which was created using an Ultimaker printer.
Pioneer Jackie Derr spoke to nearly 100 educators in her talk “3D Printing Class: How to Create, Implement and Lessons Learned.” She covered her own classroom experience with 3D printing and highlighted our Design Engine game, which in turn sent many attendees to our booth where they had a chance to win packs of their own in our giveaway contest. We ended up giving away six game card packs to educators who were excited to share them with their students back home!
Our team had the pleasure of meeting attendees from over 30 states, as well as a visitor from Canada. While many were already happy owners of Ultimaker printers, we had promising conversations with educators and industry leaders interested in delving into the 3D printing space. We’re excited to see what ACTE’s CareerTech Vision 2018 has to offer next year!