Mbadika: Black Panther and 3D printing are helping teach kids about STEM

3ders.org | 2/13/2018 | Staff
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Making me even more excited for the epic film is the amazing impact it is having, not only in the entertainment industry, but even in tech. As we already know, the film itself features some stunning 3D printed costume props, which is exciting as is, but when we learnt about an educational effort initiated by non-profit Mbadika combining Black Panther with 3D printing for educational purposes, the significance of the film on young lives became even more apparent.

Based in Massachusetts, Mbadika is a non-profit organization founded by Netia McCray which is aimed at establishing connections between domestic and international innovators for the purpose of creating new ideas and solutions for some of the world’s biggest challenges.

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One area of focus in the organization is to help kids to “turn ideas in their heads into reality,” as McCray put it. This, as you may have recognized, is another way of saying that they’re teaching children product design and development. When she saw that Black Panther was being released by Marvel Studios, McCray and her team were inspired to use the momentum and excitement of the film to get kids, and especially black kids, engaged in some STEM projects.

In a new YouTube series, McCray and her colleague Erica Nwankwo demonstrate how kids can use accessible 3D modeling tools such as Tinkercad to design 3D printable props from Black Panther. Appropriately,...
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