Create3D to Provide 3D Printing & Design Training to Pinellas County School's Saturday STEM Academies

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Create3D Featured in STEM Program to Deliver Training on 3D Printing & Design to Pinellas County Students

3D printing, 3D design, protoyping

Think It ... Make It

3D printing has the power to invigorate the mind and creative process

Create3D, LLC is proud to announce their participation with Pinellas County Schools Saturday STEM Academies. STEM stands for Science, Technology, Engineering and Math and is the pursuit of educating students on these topics ( This Saturday STEM Academy program will meet for a total of 6 sessions, held between February 6th and April 16th. Create3D will provide instruction, demonstration and participation to a total of 40 elementary and middle school students.

“3D printing has the power to invigorate the mind and creative process”, said Mark Guthrie, founder of Create3D. “When I was in school, we had shop…we learned to make things…it was powerful. The process created a sense of pride. 3D printing enables a student to imagine something and then create a real object like never before - it's exciting when you see kids 'get it'. Our tag line is “think it … make it”, and that’s exactly what you do with 3D printing.”

Laura Spence is the K-12 STEM Specialist for Pinellas County Schools. Currently she has 180 STEM Academies up and running for the 2015-2016 school year and plans to add an additional 40 Academies with a primary focus during the month of March. Laura has engaged over 180 teachers interested in teaching STEM content to deliver the programs.

“Students engaged in the PCS STEM Academies are given tasks essential for any potential STEM workforce candidate competing in a global marketplace. Students are asked to work in teams to complete engineering inquiry projects that require critical thinking, problem solving, communication and collaboration”, said Laura Spence.

During the Saturday STEM Academies, students will learn about the process of 3D printing and have the opportunity to create their own 3D design. “One of the very fun things you can do with a 3D printer is draw something, digitize it, add volume to it, then 3D print it – their own design by their own hand without having to learn a program, we call this 'Art to Thing™'. MakerBot® has an iPad app called ShapeMaker™ that we will use for this process. Search for “Print Shop” by MakerBot in the Apple store if you want to try it out…it’s free.”

Create3D is actively looking for corporate sponsors who are interested in underwriting 3D printing labs for schools. The company would receive naming rights, receive public relation stories on what students are producing/learning and training for their employees to assist with staffing of the lab for volunteer services. Sponsorships can range from $3,000 to $50,000 based on the number of 3D printers, scanners and training.

** About Create3D **
Create3D serves the following markets: education, architecture and companies that develop products. For schools, Create3D provides MakerBot 3D printing technology labs and can deliver the entire curriculum or train the teachers to deliver the curriculum featuring MakerBot in the Classroom™. For architects, full-color models can be printed for commercial or residential buildings. For product companies, 3D printing is used for creating prototypes and even manufacturing of production parts.

Create3D is headquartered in St. Petersburg, Florida and is an authorized MakerBot reseller. For more information, visit and like us on Facebook at

For more information:

  • Create3D: Visit or contact Mark Guthrie, Founder at mguthrie(at)create-3d(dot)biz.
  • Pinellas County School STEM Academies: Visit, or contact the PCS K-12 STEM Specialist, Laura Spence at Spencela(at)pcsb(dot)org.

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