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Brandman's Dave Menshew adds 3-D bioprinter to high school classroom

October 10, 2017 by Brandman University

Brandman University adjunct faculty member and doctoral student Dave Menshew added another first to his list of honors and firsts.

Dave Menshew bioprinter
Dave Menshew, center, works with students and the 3-D bioprinter at Enochs High School in Modesto, California.

Thanks to his efforts, Enochs High School science students in Modesto, California, now have a 3-D bioprinter. It’s part of Menshew’s Forensic Biotechnology Program at the school. It’s the first such printer at a high school in the Central Valley. SE3D Corp. of Santa Clara made the bioprinter possible there and at three other schools in Northern California.

The forensic-focused program is a California Department of Education Career Pathway Academy. The 3-D bioprinter will be used to create standards-aligned science investigations, said Menshew. Use the printer also involves cross-curricular education. Menshew teaches both those concepts to students seeking teaching credentials in his Brandman School of Education classes.

The new printer allows his high school students “to add the new skills of working with biomolecules to conduct investigations including enzymatic reactions, algal growth studies and tissue construction,” wrote Menshew in a Facebook post in late September. The printer’s co-inventor, Maya Lim from SE3D, visited Menshew’s classroom to help train the students and develop forensic lessons.

3-D Printer Enochs HighMaya Lim from SE3D works with Enochs High Students and their instructor Dave Menshew, who is also a Brandman adjunct faculty member and Ed.D. student.

Bringing the 3-D bioprinter to his school also shows how Menshew is putting what he’s learned as a Doctorate of Education in Organizational Leadership student at Brandman, including strategic thinking (planning for the future needs of his students), creativity and innovation (the students design their own projects) and being a change agent.

He also said it supports the goals of Common Core and Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) for California public schools.

Menshew’s efforts were also written about in the Modesto Bee and covered by Good Day Sacramento on CBS/13.

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