LOUISVILLE, Kentucky (WDRB) – Some middle and high school students in Kentuckiana spend part of their summer vacation in the classroom as part of an advanced summer camp at the University of Louisville.
In an on campus laboratory, students learn about 3D printing and how it can play a role in their education and careers.
Colt Mayden, an eighth grader at Silver Creek Middle School, said he wasn’t excited about coming to summer camp at first.
“I didn’t really want to come here at first, but my mother made me do it,” he said. “I was like, ‘Do I really have to go?’ I don’t really want to go. “
But after just a few days at the 3D Printing and Manufacturing Summer Camp at UofL, Colt and the other students were looking forward to being back in the classroom.
“This has been a pleasant time,” said Cayman Kelting, a sophomore at St. Xavier High School. “It’s definitely one thing that I want to continue in the future.”
The 3D camp is organized by the Additive Manufacturing Institute of Science & Technology (AMIST) of the UofL.
“Everything starts with a CAD model,” says Gary Graf, coordinator for Engineering Technical Services at UofL. “We have to create it on the computer.”
Graf said the goal is to introduce students to 3D printing and all of its potential, including creating a model on a computer and holding the object in hand in minutes.
“That’s how industry does things today,” said Graf. “They used to design something, make a prototype, and it took weeks and weeks. We can now do things in a day that would have taken weeks in the past.”
The organizers hope that the camp will also generate more interest in engineering technology.
“I think it’s a broad field and even in engineering and research at an advanced level and even in companies,” said Dr. Sundar Atre, Professor of the Endowed Chair of Manufacturing and Materials at UofL’s JB Speed School of Engineering. “People are still discovering what 3D printing is and what it can do for them. That gives the university an important mission.”
Atre said 3D printing has the potential to change the lives and development of people from all walks of life.
“We wanted a long-term perspective of how we could create educational and commercial avenues that would benefit Louisville in general in this growing area,” he said. “It can be a trillion dollar economy in the next two decades. And so there are many options. We wanted to see how we could create a way and build Louisville that way. “
The camp includes boys and girls in the seventh through twelfth grades. There is a $ 200 fee, but Graf said no one will be turned away.
“We don’t want to turn anyone away because of the $ 200,” said Graf.
So the doors of the camp and the rest of the summer are open to students across Kentuckiana.
“We will continue to have them,” said Graf. “As long as the participants are here, we will continue to have them.”
To find out more about the camp, please send an email to [email protected]
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