National Foundation bolsters RCBI 3D Printing/Maker Camps

Jan. 29, 2018

The Robert C. Byrd Institute (RCBI) once again has received support for its popular series of 3D Printing  & Maker Camps from Nuts, Bolts & Thingamajigs, the Foundation of the Fabricators and Manufacturers Association.

RCBI will use the $8,000 award to help fund its 2019 camps for middle and high school students in Huntington, South Charleston, Bridgeport and – new in 2019 – Williamson.

Charlotte Weber, Director & CEO of RCBI, praised the foundation’s continued support of RCBI’s STEM (science, technology, engineering, math) initiatives. “RCBI has a long tradition of encouraging and supporting hands-on making,” Weber said. "This grant will enable us to engage even more young people in technology based learning.”

Participants will gain first-hand experience in 3D design and printing, computer coding, soldering, electronics, electromagnetism and hydraulics. Campers also will explore careers in manufacturing and technology as they tour a local business, startup or production facility. Each camp will conclude with a mini-maker festival so campers can demonstrate what they created as well as their entrepreneurial ideas.

Dates and locations for the 2019 camps are:

  • South Charleston: June 10-14
  • Williamson: June 24-28
  • Huntington: July 8-12
  • Bridgeport: July 22-26 

The cost is $180 per camper, and includes all equipment and supplies, snacks, lunch daily and a camp T-shirt. Register at www.wvmakes.com/2019camps.

For more information about the 3D Printing &Maker Camps or any of RCBI’s STEM activities for students, contact Deacon Stone, Maker Space/STEM Coordinator, at 304.781.1659.