Kailua Elementary teacher and Technology Coordinator Greg Kent is one of 58 teachers selected nationwide for the Ultimaker Education Pioneers program. Ultimaker, a company that develops open source 3D printers and tools, launched their new Ultimaker Education site yesterday featuring the 58 Pioneers.
"Greg and his team at Kailua Elementary are making great strides in creating an environment where our students can be future ready learners," said Superintendent Kathryn Matayoshi "They have done a tremendous job working with education and community partners to make this possible, and we look forward to seeing the students' creations come to life and shared on a national level."
Ultimaker hopes that this group of Pioneers will spark a dialogue in the education community about developing and sharing lessons as well as best practices when it comes to integrating a 3D printer into classroom curriculum. The new site offers stories from educators, tips and advice, frequently asked questions and answers, as well as other resources on 3D printers.
"I want to transform education. The best way to do that is to collaborate with other passionate people that want to change the world," shared Kent. "My mission is to empower students to create the world they want to live in."
Earlier this year, Kailua Elementary was awarded an Ultimaker 3D printer as well as an X-Carve machine from Inventables, all through grants secured by Kent for the school's Makerspace. He has collaborated with all grade levels at the school to incorporate the new technology into the curriculum including a gardening and sustainability unit.
Kent has been a teacher and Technology Coordinator at Kailua Elementary since 2003, and is a graduate of the University of Hawaii.