Bre Pettis, CEO of MakerBot, has a lofty goal–bring 3D printers to every school in America. Similar to the FIRST programs for robotics, introducing 3D printing to school kids is a great way to develop future engineers. The MakerBot Academy was launched in November 2013 and through corporate and individual partnerships, has already funded more than 1,000 teacher requests to receive a MakerBot Replicator 2 Desktop 3D Printer in the classroom. The MakerBot Academy program is available to public school teachers through DonorsChoose.org.
Joining Pettis in his efforts, is America Makes, the National Additive Manufacturing Innovation Institute. And now, the Golden State Warriors NBA team has joined the MakerBot Academy initiative, helping to bring 3D printing technology to a local school in the San Francisco Bay Area. America Makes Founding Director Ralph Resnick, MakerBot CEO Bre Pettis, and Warriors Forward Harrison Barnes, delivered a MakerBot® Replicator® 2 Desktop 3D Printer to Oakland High School yesterday.
America Makes and MakerBot hope that this partnership with the Golden State Warriors marks the beginning of a combined effort to reach into the communities of all 30 NBA teams through the MakerBot Academy initiative.