Date of Graduation
Bachelor of Science in Human Environmental Sciences
Apparel Merchandising and Product Development
Committee Member/Second Reader
This research project investigates the impact of a science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) 3D printing presentation on a selected population and evaluates the need for further research on 3D printing as an introduction to STEM education. Participants completed a pre-survey measuring knowledge and interest in STEM education and 3D printing. A PowerPoint presentation demonstrated the viability of STEM education and careers and showed the variety of careers that utilize 3D printing. After the presentation, a demonstration of 3D printed small objects showed a sample of what is possible with the A5 3D printer. Each participant received a 3D printed item as a “takeaway.” Finally, a post survey to reevaluate knowledge and interest in 3D printing and STEM education was conducted. After the presentations, researchers analyzed the data from the pre-surveys and post-surveys to examine the change in knowledge of STEM and 3D printing. The results showed students awareness of basic STEM knowledge and exposure to 3D printing. However, there was a deficit in knowledge of STEM careers and a lack of interest in technology found in the research.
Fashion Design, 3D Printing, STEM Education, Technology
Vrbas, Emily and Rickard, Kennedy, "Introducing STEM Education Through A 3D Printing Demonstration" (2018). Apparel Merchandising and Product Development Undergraduate Honors Theses. 6.