Funded with the support of the Erasmus+ programme, the 3D-Help project began in November 2017. “The main aim of the project is to make adults more competent in the field of digital technologies,” Lucie Marková, from the European Development Agency, explains. “We’re producing innovative curricula and course content that focus on 3D printing. These resources will equip adults with specific skills related to ICT, engineering and technology, and they are free and open to everyone.”
The European Development Agency from the Czech Republic is the lead partner on the project, while other partners include SC Ludor Engineering SRL from Romania, Macdac Engineering Consultancy Bureau Ltd. (Malta), the Social Innovation Fund (Lithuania) and Strojarska tehnička škola Fausta Vrančića (Croatia). This mix of expertise from different EU Member States is an important part of 3D-Help.
“The project is carried out transnationally because it makes it possible for partners from different countries with complementary expertise and an interest in adult training to come together,” Lucie shares. “They can exchange their knowledge, best practices and resources to contribute to developing the training toolbox.”
The training toolbox that Lucie mentions includes guidelines on the use of 3D printing in adult education, 3D printing case studies for adult education, the curriculum for a 3D printing course for adults, a 3D printing trainer guide and an e-learning system for adult training. Adult education providers in the EU will be able to use the toolbox to develop their own knowledge and skills – and pass that learning on to others.
“We expect that qualified educators with the help of the project will motivate a large number of participants to develop their skills and competencies, and participate more actively in learning.”
3D-Help has a number of clear goals in mind before the project ends in October 2019. “About 2,500 people will receive project newsletters,” Lucie shares, “and 1,000 people will receive a leaflet describing the project. In total, 240 people will participate in five hands-on workshops tailored for the target groups. And a minimum of 500 people from the EU will be enrolled in the 3D-Help e-learning course.”
There are also plans to hold a workshop in each of the five countries at the end of the project for the experts, adult education trainers and providers. These workshops will be used to share learning and disseminate the toolkit, while participants will be given the opportunity to interact with the trainers, see 3D printers being operated and directly test the training materials.
“Europe is in the early stages of the fourth industrial revolution, which aims to exploit digital technologies in order to improve productivity and growth levels,” Lucie concludes. “This project is helping to make adults more competent in such digital technologies and letting them catch up with the rapidly growing 3D print industry.”
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