Grant Will Fund Second Summer of 3D Printing Camps at RCBI

HUNTINGTON, W.VA. – A national education foundation has awarded the Robert C. Byrd Institute for Advanced Flexible Manufacturing a grant that enables RCBI to offer a second series of camps on Additive Manufacturing, commonly known as “3D printing.”

The camps will be conducted at the RCBI Huntington Advanced Manufacturing Technology Center in the summer of 2014 and will be similar to a series offered last year for middle school students.

“Our camps last year were tremendously successful, so much so that we had to schedule an additional session to meet the demand from interested students,” said Charlotte Weber, RCBI Director & CEO. “We’re obviously delighted that our camps have attracted national recognition and support.”

Nuts, Bolts & Thingamajigs (NBT)™, an education foundation established by the Fabricators & Manufacturers Association International (FMA), is providing funding for this summer’s 3D printing camps at RCBI.

Each year the foundation awards grants to organizations across the country that offer day camp experiences designed to introduce young people to careers in manufacturing and engineering.

“We’re making an investment in the manufacturing workforce,” said Edward Youdell, President & CEO of FMA and NBT. “We need to increase the pool of available, highly skilled workers to address the skilled labor crisis as Baby Boomers retire. These camps provide youth with the exposure to vocational and technical trades that no longer exist in most public education systems. Introducing youth to well-paying, high-tech manufacturing careers will definitely improve future prospects for our economy.”

This summer’s 3D printing camps at RCBI will be designed to introduce young people to the opportunities in this growing high-tech field, said Weber. “Few students are aware of the exciting opportunities that are available in their own backyards, and RCBI and its partners have developed a camp program that offers a number of engaging, interactive and educational experiences.”

Partners working with RCBI on the camp include the Marshall University College of Information Technology and Engineering, the Marshall College of Science, Marshall’s Center for Environmental, Geotechnical and Applied Sciences and Marshall’s June Harless Center for Rural Educational Research and Development.

Other partners include local manufacturers such as Alcon Research Ltd. The campers also will hear presentations from successful local entrepreneurs.

For more information, visit www.rcbi.org or call 800.469.RCBI (7224).