How the Curiosity 3D Printer can support your child’s education, while saving the planet

Marc Rogivue is a genius; not only did he co-develop the extremely affordable, education-based Curiosity 3D printer in collaboration with MakerBay and Hong Kong Poly University, but he’s also saving the planet because the Curiosity is built from recycled electronic parts: old DVD drives and PC power supplies, or eWaste.Marc is a genius because his background is in the sales and marketing of fine watches; he’s not an engineer. (He’s in the photo holding the thumbs up sign.) It’s a very impressive transition!11219589_10206858830143093_3823576293416994326_nI had the pleasure of meeting Marc in late January at the official opening party for MakerBay. In late March, he told me about his crowd-funding campaign on SparkRaise.com for the Curiosity 3D Printer, which you can see by clicking here. It will run through April into early May.In my view, there’s certainly no shortage of demand for 3D printers in schools around the world, so the Curiosity will be well received. But I find the notion of reusing old DVD drives very appealing. Let’s admit it, we’ve all tossed out our fair share of DVD players and drives in our lifetime. Now with the advent of on-line streaming, DVD machines are on the way out. So, rather than tossing out another one, how awesome is it to turn it from a tool mainly for passive entertainment into a tool for pro-active learning? It's an obvious yes.