During this debut year, the conference will include a superstar lineup of keynote presentations, one for each of the three educator contexts represented by the event:
- Skylar Tibbits, 4D printing innovator, founder and co-director of MIT’s Self-Assembly Lab will present the University Educator Keynote.
- Dale Dougherty, the Maker Movement’s most passionate and warm-hearted proponent, instigator of both MAKE: Magazine and wide global network of Maker Faire events, founder and CEO of Maker Media, Inc., will present the Informal Educator Keynote.
- The K-12 Educator Keynote will be co-presented by Albemarle County Public School’s dynamic Pam Moran, Superintendent, and Ira Socol, Director for Innovation and Learning Technology.
“We believe that there has never been a better time to bring together thought leaders and practitioners in this evolving field under one roof to share stories of successes and challenges with this technology,” said Conference Co-Chair Chip Bobbert, digital media engineer at event founding sponsor Duke University.
Over the next few decades, the entire digital fabrication field is expected to shift into a central position in academic and educational curriculum. Advances in 3D printing in the last year alone have brought digital practices around 3D making and fabrication into more classrooms and instructional contexts than ever before. However, many of these developments have only been recognized locally or within particular disciplines. Construct3D 2017 aims to exchange these advances beyond the silo, to accelerate adoption and exploration of this important area.
“Construct3D 2017 offers an unprecedented opportunity for university faculty, K-12 educators, and informal education leaders to learn from each other and share best practices, which means that everyone attending will leave with new skills, new perspectives and deeper connections to other practitioners throughout North America,” said Conference Co-Chair Lizabeth Arum, educational strategist at event founding sponsor Ultimaker.
For more information on the conference and ways to participate, see the conference Web page at: https://sites.duke.edu/construct3d.