The Robert C. Byrd Institute (RCBI) at Marshall University has announced the 2022 schedule for its popular summertime series of 3D printing and maker camps for middle and high school students.
Dates and locations for the in-person Design to Production manufacturing/maker camps, which will run 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. daily, are:
- Huntington – June 20-24
- South Charleston – July 11-15
- Bridgeport – July 25-29
“We’re excited to once again present in-person STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering & Math) camps that are engaging, educational and entertaining,” said Deacon Stone, director of the RCBI Center for Innovation and Maker Vault. “We want to inspire the next generation of makers by showing them the joy of discovery, the power of collaboration and the satisfaction of creating.”
Campers will explore the world of advanced manufacturing through hands-on activities as they rotate through stations focused on different methods of making. At each step, students will bring their own creations to life while using RCBI’s advanced technology to make items they get to keep.
They will learn about manufacturing processes, from developing and testing ideas to creating prototypes of their own creations, to fabricating them using 3D printing and laser technology. Students then will apply the new-found knowledge they acquire at each station by completing a series of head-to-head challenges.
Other interactive STEM-focused activities will include introductions to robotics, computer coding, electronics and drone technology offered in partnership with the Katherine Johnson NASA IV&V Education Resource Center and the West Virginia Robotics Alliance. Campers also will have the opportunity to experience modern manufacturing first-hand by touring a local facility.
The cost is $180 for each camper and includes all materials as well as lunch and snacks each day. A limited number of full scholarships are available thanks to the support of sponsor Suddenlink. To apply for a scholarship, register for the camp then fill out the scholarship application in lieu of submitting payment information.
Because seating is limited, parents or guardians who want their children to participate should register them right away at www.rcbi.org/education-training/camps. For more information, contact Stone at or 304.781.1659.
In addition to providing scholarship opportunities, Suddenlink is joining Nuts, Bolts & Thingamajigs, the charitable foundation of the Fabricators & Manufacturers Association, International, in providing financial support for overall camp operations.
March 30, 2022