Additive Manufacturing Summer Institute
Columbus State Community College and the Past Foundation will work to develop an early college career pathway in additive manufacturing. Additive manufacturing has been around since the advent of 3D printing in the 1980s. A recent survey of 100 manufacturers revealed, two-thirds were already using additive manufacturing and its use is projected to increase. This project will address a reported moderate to severe shortage of skilled manufacturing technicians. The Additive Manufacturing Summer Institute (AMSI) project will expand and strengthen the pipeline between K12 and postsecondary programs by developing an immersive additive manufacturing summer institute and professional development program for high school students and educators. The project will leverage design thinking and transdisciplinary project based learning to strengthen students’ problem solving skills and prepare educators to design and implement high-quality STEM curriculum.
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- Additive Manufacturing Summer Institute: The project will design and implement a replicable and scalable, immersive summer program that readies high school students (juniors and seniors) to enter post-secondary advanced manufacturing programs.
- High School Faculty Professional Development Initiative: The project will prepare high school teachers to design relevant and rigorous curriculum through professional development integrated in and around the Additive Manufacturing Summer Institute.
- Model Education Pathway: The project will develop a model education pathway between the Additive Manufacturing Summer Institute and associate degree-level manufacturing courses.
What is ATE?
The Additive Manufacturing Summer Institute project is funded by the National Science Foundation under the Advanced Technological Education (ATE) program (AMSI 1700455). With an emphasis on two-year colleges, the Advanced Technological Education program focuses on the education and training of technicians for the high-technology fields that drive our nation's economy. The program fosters partnerships between academic institutions and industry to promote improvement in the education of science and engineering technicians at the undergraduate and secondary school levels. The ATE program supports curriculum development; professional development of college faculty and secondary school teachers; career pathways to two-year colleges from secondary schools and from two-year colleges to four-year institutions; and other activities.
This material is based upon work supported by the National Science Foundation under Grant No. 1400452 & 1700520.