High school STEM program receives a 3D printer

Source: AMT – The Association For Manufacturing Technology

Oct 10, 2014

To celebrate Manufacturing Day, an annual event during which North American manufacturers open their doors to showcase the potential of modern manufacturing and foster interest in manufacturing careers, AMT – The Association For Manufacturing Technology announced that it has donated a 3D printer to Brecksville-Broadview Heights High School to support an interdisciplinary STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) program.

In order for a school to apply for a 3D printer, it had to fulfill a few requirements. First, the school had to provide a statement of need explaining why they were starting a STEM Program or describe the program they had in place. A program such as that may include a number of different classes, including CAD, robotics, science, math and art and may also include partnerships with area community colleges. Second, they had to identify specific projects that would keep the machine in use throughout the school year and fund the materials demand for projects. Finally, they were asked to describe specific outcomes for students across departments. Brecksville Broadview Heights High School met all of the requirements.

One of the sophomore students at the high school, Wyatt Slifcak, already had the chance to use the 3D printer and had this to say, “I’ve been engineering things from a young age and when the 3D desktop revolution happened – I jumped on board. We can now bring our own ideas and designs to life. I hope to become a mechanical engineer.”