Three-Year Partnership Yields Improved Student Efficacy Rates and More Inspired Students; Chelsea’s Browne Middle School Latest to Benefit
BOSTON – (October 6, 2016) – New Valence Robotics (NVBOTS), the only provider of Built to Share™ automated 3D printing solutions, today announced it is expanding its partnership with Citizen Schools, based on the positive impact the partnership has had on motivating students to learn through 3D printing. Building on success in The Joseph Lee School, McCormack Middle School and Orchard Gardens K-8 Pilot School, Citizen Schools is now bringing the NVBOTS NVPro into the Joseph A. Browne School, serving grades 5-8 in Chelsea, MA.
“NVBOTS has always been passionate about inspiring students to turn their dreams into realities through 3D Printing,” said Chris Haid, NVBOTS Director of Operations and Product Management. “Our partnership with Citizen Schools is one grounded in inspiring students to learn through hands-on, experiential learning that teaches them to think differently – with confidence – and apply that way of thinking to other aspects of their life. We are proud of our growing partnership with Citizen Schools, as we give students the opportunity to innovate in ways they never imagined.”
Since 2013, Citizen Schools and NVBOTS have been giving underprivileged students the opportunity to not only work with the NVPro 3D Printer and related curriculum, but also to learn from NVBOTS 3D Printing experts first-hand through the Citizen Schools Apprenticeship program.
Recognized as a Top 10 Most Innovative Company in Education by Fast Company, NVBOTS has created a classroom experience where students learn hands-on design and engineering, creating objects that can change the lives of others, such as prosthetic hands. Over the years, the curriculum has enabled students as young as fourth graders to apply their skills to solve the real-world problems society faces today.
With NVBOTS, students have gained confidence in their abilities, are expressing true interest in learning new things and student efficacy rates have also increased. In fact, in each category of the Citizen Schools self-efficacy survey, the entire class improved by up to four points and the standard deviation of the scores shrunk significantly. Each of the students stated greatly-increased confidence in their ability to solve problems, rely on their skill set, and handle unexpected events.
“NVBOTS has been a partner genuinely making a difference since day one,” said Megan Bird, executive director of Citizen Schools Massachusetts. “Not only have they donated 3D printers, curriculum and their time on a regular basis, they are inspiring our students to learn about technology, teamwork and leadership in a way that will stay with them throughout their life. This is why NVBOTS team members are consistently awarded the President’s Volunteer Service Award and other accolades.”
The NVPro is the world’s first end-to-end 3D printing solution offering patented automated part removal, eliminating the need for an onsite operator. With the NVPro, students and teachers can print jobs at anytime – from anywhere. Known for being shareable, simple, accessible and reliable, the NVPro is ideally suited to meet the 3D printing needs of schools of any size.
More information on the NVBOTS-Citizen Schools partnership can be viewed in our WCVB segment: “5 for Good: Putting technology in the hands of students” and in the Citizen Schools case study – both on the NVBOTS site.
About Citizen Schools
Citizen Schools is a national nonprofit organization that partners with middle schools to expand the learning day for children in low-income communities. Citizen Schools mobilizes a team of AmeriCorps educators and volunteer “Citizen Teachers” to teach real-world learning projects and provide academic support in order to help all students discover and achieve their dreams. For more information, please visit http://www.citizenschools.org/
NVBOTS® provides automated 3D printing solutions that deliver high throughput production of parts in a wide range of both metals and plastics. The company’s NVPro plastic printer is Built to Share™. It offers the only automated part removal in the industry, and it pairs with NVCloud software that allows users to print parts anytime, from any cloud-connected device – while providing administrators with full workflow control. These capabilities make the NVPro uniquely suited for continuous, 24-7 operation in multi-user environments. NVBOTS metal printers, in development in its NVLABS division, marry the NVPro platform with the proprietary Metal Additive Deposition (MAD) process – a multi-metal solution that prints 10x faster than any alternative, while dramatically reducing cost and power consumption. NVBOTS is headquartered in Boston, MA. For more information, visit www.NVBOTS.com or follow us on Twitter @NVBOTS and on LinkedIn.
Jennifer Meyer, for NVBOTS