UP NISMED Team Shares Research Findings on 3D Printing Curriculum Implementation

As part of the Teaching Early Additive Manufacturing and Materials with 3D Printing (TEAM 3D) project, the curriculum on 3D printing was rolled out for two semesters as an interest-based elective course at the University of the Philippines Integrated School (UPIS). Three instructors handled this elective, all of whom are from NISMED, namely Mr. Jobeth G. Martecio, Ms. Reena R. Ongsotto, and Mr. Renz G. Salas.

A research anchored on the 2-semester run of the course was conducted and its findings were shared on 21 June 2023. Present in the session were the entire project team and partners from the Department of Science and Technology Industrial Technology Development Institute (DOST-ITDI) and DOST Metals Industry Research and Development Center (DOST-MIRDC). One of the prime movers of the TEAM 3D project, Dr. Rigoberto C. Advincula, a DOST Balik Scientist and a Professor at Case Western Reserve University, was also present in said session.

The TEAM 3D project team with partners from the DOST-ITDI, DOST-MIRDC, and Dr. Rigoberto C. Advincula.

In this session titled 3D Printing, Understanding Additive Manufacturing, Creativity, and Systems Thinking, the instructors presented their research findings. Using Wilcoxon Signed Ranks Test, the results showed that the course can significantly improve students’ understanding of additive manufacturing concepts, systems thinking, and certain components of creativity such as ideation and originality. Additionally, the findings can inform the development of high school STEM curricula on emerging technologies that can be used to anticipate societal and workforce demands.