Last week, our team hit the road and trekked out to Palm Springs for the CUE National Conference. CUE is an organization that “inspires innovative learners by fostering community, personalizing learning, infusing technology, developing leadership, and advocating educational opportunities for all.” The national conference was full of teachers looking to easily incorporate 3D printing into their curriculum. We were excited to show off the MOD-t to teachers who were looking for affordable 3D printers for their classroom. Here’s a behind-the-scenes look at our time at CUE.

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Had to #HumbleBrag about our Wall Street Journal shoutout!

Our team had an amazing time talking to teachers and school faculty members about the MOD-t’s features. Attendees especially liked the MOD-t’s low pricetag of $399, the sleek design, innovative dual-axis printing method, and auto-calibration. The MOD-t’s quiet printing for a quiet classroom was the cherry on top!

CUE Recap
What is this, a mission for ants?? No! It’s our latest Mission model project!

Our team was delighted to see teachers in awe of our 3D printed Mission San Carlos Borroméo del río Carmelo. Our in-house designers are working on Mission model pieces to add to the New Matter Store. Mission modeling projects are common in elementary schools across California. Students typically use household supplies (like sugar cubes, styrofoam, and glue) to build a mini-Mission diorama. The MOD-t adds a 21st-century twist to this classic classroom project! Now teachers can have students design a mission in Tinkercad and 3D print it.

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One of the awesome instructors that we met was Brian Briggs, Director of Innovation and Instructional Technology for Plumas Lake Elementary School District. We had the pleasure of chatting with him about giving teachers access to affordable 3D printers and seamlessly integrating printing into lessons. Brian is co-host of the “Check This Out” podcast and he mentioned seeing the MOD-t during CUE (at 28:40) in Episode 32:

We can’t wait to participate in more education events and we look forward to engaging with even more teachers and faculty members. What Ed-Tech events do you typically attend? What events would you like to see the MOD-t at? Let us know!

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