Back to the Future: 3D Printing and the Future of Math Education

Back to the Future: 3D Printing and the Future of Math Education

by Ki Karou

A family watches a 3D printer in action at MIND Research Institute's Math Fair.

This 3D printed hyperboloid tool inspires mathematical curiosity when students see a straight bar pass through a curved hole.

Children play with distance, rate and time to make the 3D printed "Sting Fly" pop a balloon.

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Ki Karou is a game-based learning designer for the nonprofit MIND Research Institute. MIND Research Institute is a partner of Cisco CSR. Cisco sponsors The Huffington Post's ImpactX section.

Wednesday, October 21, 2015 - 8:05am

"Where we're going, we don't need roads." 
- Doc Brown, Back to the Future

Thirty years ago, the movie Back to the Future 2 gave us a glimpse of what life would look like on October 21st 2015. The scene that unfolds includes flying cars, robotic pumping gas stations, jackets that dry themselves, and teenagers cruise around town on hover boards. Of course, society doesn't actually look like this yet. However, there is a buzz-worthy new technology that borders on this futuristic fantasy, something that when I tell my grandma about it, she tells me I'm speaking to her in another language. That something is 3D printing.

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