The idea of STEAM education – a comprehensive combination of Science, Technology, Engineering, the Arts and Math – has been hailed as the future of the global labour market. The dynamic development of new technologies is being followed by the creation of thousands of new workplaces that demand specific qualifications. It is estimated that by the end of 2018 corporations such as Google, eBay, Facebook, and Amazon will hire over half a million new employees, two-thirds of them with a STEAM skill set.
The ever-increasing demand for most qualified hires has inspired Skriware – a Polish-Swedish startup aiming to spread 3D printing technology at homes and academic institutions worldwide – to create an interdisciplinary educational program that will elevate these skills among all participants. For this purpose, Skriware has teamed up with Dartmouth College, one of the prestigious Ivy League schools, to offer a comprehensive programme, focusing on competencies such as 3D modelling, programming and robotics.
We want to inspire our users to take creative action and realise unconventional ideas by engaging into designing, building and coding their own, personalised robot. – Karol Górnowicz, Skriware CEO
The core part of the programme will be an interactive e-learning platform, scheduled to be released by the end of 2017. Skriware plans to provide courses, videos, instructions and guidebooks, all available in various difficulty levels. Their platform will also offer an interactive 3D modelling software for creating custom robotic projects which won’t require any advanced technical knowledge.
‘Every single robot available on the platform is designed to help develop STEAM skills. We want to inspire our users to take creative action and realise unconventional ideas by engaging into designing, building and coding their own, personalised robot. Our goal is to prove that the development of competencies across robotics, programming, and 3D modelling – encompassing both technical and artistic skill sets – is an excellent investment in the future and a fun way to realise their potential,’ said Karol Górnowicz, CEO of Skriware.
Skriware’s platform will enable users to upload the robotic models they previously designed in the 3D creator, and print them with 3D printers, as well as control and program their robots with a dedicated mobile app.
The platform is going to be launched in the UK at the end of 2017, and will be available worldwide in English from the outset.