RCBI Offers 3D Printing Camps for Kids
May 30, 2014
HUNTINGTON — Children and teenagers will turn their innovative ideas into reality at 3D Printing camps hosted this summer by the Robert C. Byrd Institute for Advanced Flexible Manufacturing (RCBI) in collaborations with Marshall University and a national education foundation.
RCBI is partnering with the June Harless Center for Rural Educational Research and Development at Marshall University to offer the Advanced Arts & Bots Summer Camp from June 16-20. Focusing on 3rd-grade through 8th-grade students who have experience with robotics, the camp runs each day from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at RCBI, 1050 Fourth Ave., Huntington. The cost for the camp is $100, and a light snack is included.
Children enrolled in the camp will use craft materials to create their own robots, complete with motors, sensors and lights. The campers also will be introduced to innovative 3D Printing technology during the week-long camp, which is designed to introduce young people to opportunities in growing high-tech fields that rely on science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) skills.
In collaboration with a national education foundation, RCBI is hosting additional 3D Printing Camps at its Huntington and Bridgeport facilities for middle school and high school students. Participants will use 3D software and 3D Printers in RCBI’s Design Works Labs. As part of their hands-on introduction to the high-tech field of today’s manufacturing, students will also explore more traditional machining and visit with representatives from local manufacturers. Students attending the Huntington camp also will tour the Visualization Lab at the Arthur Weisberg Family Engineering Laboratories at Marshall University.
The Huntington camp is scheduled July 14-18 at RCBI’s Advanced Manufacturing Technology Center, 1050 Fourth Ave. The Bridgeport camp is scheduled July 21-25 at the RCBI Advanced Manufacturing Technology Center, 2400 E. Benedum Industrial Drive. Each camp runs from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. each day. The cost is $100 and includes lunch.
Nuts, Bolts & Thingamajigs (NBT)™, an educational foundation established by the Fabricators & Manufacturers Association International (FMA), is providing funding for this summer’s 3D Printing Camps at RCBI. Other partners 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. Another key partner is local manufacturer Alcon Research Ltd.