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Additive Manufacturing Summer Institute
Free 3d printing workshops for students and teachers
Columbus State Community College and the PAST Foundation, with funding from the National Science Foundation, will partner to host the second Additive Manufacturing Summer Institute. This four-week immersive experience will expose high school students to additive manufacturing techniques, engineering principles, and careers in advanced manufacturing. The program is offered at no cost to sudents and teachers, and is open to high schoolers entering grades 10-12, as well as recent high school graduates, and high school teachers.
Over the four weeks, participants will work together on engineering and manufacturing design challenges, with state-of-the-art tools at their fingertips. Computer Aided Design (CAD), 3D printing, and design principles will be applied to a hands-on project that transforms an idea into a tangible object.
The Additive Manufacturing Summer Institute includes a track for students, and a track for high-school educators:
While in the summer institute, students will work in teams to design and prototype an assistive device with additive manufacturing or 3D printing techniques to help someone in their community. Students will participate in company visits, work hands-on with Columbus State faculty, and learn more about careers in advanced manufacturing. Throughout the program students will learn engineering principles and hone their critical thinking and problem-solving skills. Students successfully completing the program will be prepared to pursue College Credit Plus coursework or pursue a 2-year degree in Engineering Technology.
Students selected for the Additive Manufacturing Summer Institute will receive a full scholarship that covers the cost of the four-week program. Students are responsible for providing their own transportation and lunch throughout the program.
Columbus State and the PAST Foundation welcome applications from all students who are:
- Entering grades 10-12, or are recent high school graduates
- Have an interest in hands-on manufacturing careers
- Have an interest in obtaining a postsecondary degree
Preference will be given to students who have not previously attended the Additive Manufacturing Summer Institute. Enrollment is limited to 24 students.
The Additive Manufacturing Summer Institute is also for high school teachers who are passionate about immersive STEM education. Teachers interested in integrating project-based learning, design thinking, and additive manufacturing principles into their classroom are encouraged to apply.
Teachers selected to participate in the cost-free Additive Manufacturing Summer Institute will:
- Receive a $1,000 stipend for successfully completing the program and required assignments
- Earn eight continuing education units (CEUs)
- Receive classroom resources and instructional materials
- Be eligible to receive two non-degree credits for recertification
What is Additive Manufacturing?
Additive Manufacturing, sometimes called 3D Printing, is a process that uses technologies that build 3D objects by adding layer-upon-layer of materials. The Additive Manufacturing process includes 3D modeling with CAD software, file preparation, equipment set-up, production, and post-processing. These steps help transform ideas into finished products or prototypes.
3D printing is an alternative to transitional product manufacturing processes, which typically rely either on cutting, shaving, and drilling to remove excess materials or molds and dies to cast products. Adopting additive manufacturing technologies can help reduce costs, waste, and save time.
This material is based upon work supported by the National Science Foundation under Grant No. 1700455