Afinia, a division of Microboards Technology LLC has signed an agreement with Pitsco Education which provides STEM learning solutions. Together they plan to release a special 3D printer package that includes the printer, curriculum and activity materials for educators. Pitsco R&D engineer Jason Hill, who created the curriculum's CAD models, noted the lack of a definite curriculum and instructional series for teachers on the market today. "We looked for curriculum just to see what was out there, but we didn't really see much at all," Hill said. So Afinia and Pitsco decided to team up and create a package just for schools that want to introduce their students to 3D printing.

The combo package includes an Afinia H-Series printer, the Pitsco curriculum, additional learning activities and all the supplies, software and tools the students will need to begin printing their first projects. "With our package, they are able to clearly demonstrate the reasons for using a 3D printer. The iterative design process really comes to life with this curriculum. This gives them a very good resource for really teaching about 3D printing and not just printing parts," Hill said.

The Afinia 3D printer included in the package won first place in Make magazine's 2012 Ultimate Guide To 3D Printing contest in the categories of: easiest to setup, easiest to use and best overall experience. In a press release, John Westrum, Afinia's vice president and education group leader discussed the importance of encouraging kids to get familiar with the technology. "Successfully delivering STEM curricula is one of the most important things that an educator can do. Having a 3D printer in a classroom is only part of the solution. Integrating one with first-class STEM curriculum really gets the students engaged and fuels their innovative spirit."

If you're interested in learning more about the 3D Printers for Educators package you can check out Afinia's official announcement here. You can also take a look at an overview of the Afinia 3D printer below: