MCHENRY, Ill., Jan. 24, 2017 — Follett today announced it has become a premier distributor for Dremel 3D printers for the K-12 school market. The Dremel 3D Idea Builder, which made its debut in the education market in 2016, is made specifically for education with easy-to-use software, and:
- comes with 10 curriculum-based lesson plans;
- features 3D model kits designed specifically for exploring STEM education; and
- includes complete access to a Professional Development Learning Network (PDLN) badge certification training course.
Follett recently responded to the growing trend of librarians and schools embracing makerspaces by offering age-level specific Makerspace Bundles, which encourage students' inquiry and exploration through hands-on production.
The bundles, designed to save time and take the guesswork out of starting a makerspace, allow librarians to get started in the makerspace concept without doing all of the curation work themselves. Follett School Solutions' President Nader Qaimari believes partnering with Dremel to offer its printers to K-12 school districts will further support librarians – who were instrumental in pioneering the 3D printer movement for education – plus promote technology integration in the classroom.
"From the outset, we had plans to add more products to support the maker movement that would encourage creativity and the Dremel 3D Idea Builder printers are a perfect fit," Qaimari said. "They not only allow teachers to simply integrate 3D printing into the classroom but provide students with a perfect tool to ignite their imagination by being part of the actual design and creation of their STEM projects."
Easy to set up and safe to use, the Idea Builder enables students to interact with their 3D models in the physical space – ultimately enhancing retention of abstract concepts. For educators, the printer's comprehensive teaching and learning kits easily integrate with existing STEM curriculum and includes access to Dremel's extensive 1:1 customer support and training.
"Introducing the Dremel Idea Builder in my elementary school math and engineering classes has offered a new way for creating solutions to real-world problems," said Ken Hawthorn, mathematics and mechatronics teacher, St. Raymond Elementary School in Menlo Park, Calif. "When adopting the Idea Builder, teachers benefit from the unmatched support and resources necessary for incorporating STEM instruction in the classroom."
The Dremel Idea Builder 3D 40 printer also features WiFi connectivity, active filament monitoring, a clog-resistant extruder and assisted leveling.
"By teaming up with Follett, we're able to simplify the process of adopting complete 3D printing resources for districts across the country," said Rafael Franca, manager, Dremel 3D Education. "We're looking forward to expanding access to 3D printing for teachers and students, a tool instrumental to empowering our future leaders of innovation."
For more about Follett, visit www.follettlearning.com. For more about the Dremel 3D Idea Builder and its capabilities, visit www.follettlearning.com/3D.
About Follett's PreK-12 Business
Follett is the largest provider of educational materials and technology solutions to PreK-12 libraries, classrooms, learning centers and school districts in the United States, and a major supplier to educational institutions worldwide. Follett distributes books, reference materials, digital resources, eBooks and audiovisual materials, as well as pre-owned textbooks. Follett also is one of the leading providers of integrated educational technology for the management of physical and digital assets, the tracking, storing and analyzing of academic data, and digital learning environment tools for the classroom focusing on student achievement.
About Follett Corporation
For more than 140 years, Follett has been a trusted partner to preK-12 schools, colleges and campus bookstores, taking care of the critical details that make it easier for schools to run, teachers to teach, students to learn and fans to celebrate. A leading provider of education technology, services and physical and digital content, Follett currently works with 70,000 schools and operates more than 1,250 local campus stores and 1,600 virtual stores. With the 2016 acquisition of Baker & Taylor, LLC, Follett's reach also extends into the public library and global retail markets. Today Follett Corporation is the world's largest single source of books, entertainment products, digital content and multi-media for libraries, schools and retailers. Follett is a $3.6 billion privately held company headquartered in Westchester, Illinois.
Founded in 1932, Dremel is the industry standard in leadership and excellence for versatile tools systems. The Dremel 3D Idea Builder expands the brand's reach from the workshop to the classroom to provide educators and students with cutting-edge technology for STEM education. Built upon the brand's dedication to empowering makers through creativity, precision and project enjoyment, the Dremel 3D Idea Builder nurtures student confidence by giving them a tool to design and build their own models to understand lessons. With available lessons to draw connections between 3D printing and instruction, Dremel is providing educators with the support they need to transform classrooms.