STEAM Tech Teams had a great opportunity to collaborate with several groups to do training for almost 40 teachers, other educators and visitors on 3D printing and design. WYNIT, a 3D printer distributor provided 5 printers and two educational programs on what 3D printing is and how to use printers in various classes in schools. Dr. Nan Dempsey from the Upstate STEM Collaborative helped us plan the content and reach out to Chris Burras. Academic Specialist for K-12 Science/Stem Greenville County Schools who provided a list of teachers for us to invite and gave input on what to present. The whole event was hosted by the Archicture Dept. at Greenville Technical School. Reid Becker, from our group, presented on the need for students to get skills in 3D printingnand design so they are ready for future jobs. The training was 2 hours long and so much information was covered.
We all agreed this event was to us flawless. It really gives you a good feeling to be a part of something like this. We are interested to see how many schools contact us to help them or because of this training get 3D printers in their schools. About half currently had printers. We hope that this is just the first of several training programs for the teachers.
We arranged with WYNIT to leave a new printer with Greenville Tech to use for a month or so for students in the Archicture program and their technical staff could get some experience in using a 3D printer to model some of the projects they design. Can’t wait to see how that goes.
Here are a few photos for you to enjoy. WYNIT bought about 50 3D printed objects for people to look at.