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Honours dissertation investigates the use of 3D printing and Maker spaces to teach technology

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Vusumuzi Mlotshwa

‘3D printing and maker space movements are fast taking over in the world of industry and manufacturing and education is left with no choice but to accommodate the demands and [dictates] of industry,’ said Mlotshwa. ‘Those in the developed world have embraced these technologies, with America and China recognising the important role of the technologies in developing innovation and creativity, then immediately pledging to place 3D printers in every classroom.’

He was fascinated by the progress, achievements and strides made by learners in the developed world using 3D printing and Maker spaces.

Mlotshwa believes that a radical change in teaching and problem solving using these techniques would benefit the education sector and society as a whole: ‘Some major goals for technology education would be reached much faster and children from rural, disabled and disadvantaged backgrounds would benefit immensely from the 3D and Maker space technologies,’ he said.

He thanked his family, friends and supervisor Professor Busisiwe Alant for their support. ‘My supervisor’s positive response and excitement about my research was one of those moments I will always cherish. I also hope I have made my family proud.’

Mlotshwa plans to pursue his Masters in Technology Education.

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