We have heard it said so many times. “3D printing is the future.” This means that it is our children who will be growing up in a world surrounded by 3D printers, and other additive manufacturing technologies.
I remember when I was growing up, it wasn’t until I was about 13 years old that my family purchased its first personal computer. Within a year, I was a self-proclaimed expert at the PC, and my parents were coming to me with all of their mundane computer problems. Children are adept to picking up new things at a young age, whether it is a new language, a new skill, or perhaps something as cool as 3D design and 3D printing.
GoEngineer, a company that focuses on design and engineering, seems to agree with my observations. They have announced their GoEngineer Kids’ Camps this summer. These free kids’ camps are designed for children between the ages of 10 and 18. Attendees will be introduced to SOLIDWORKS 3D CAD software, and shown how 3D printers are used to make a prototype come to life. Students will have the opportunity to watch 3D printers in action, as well as sample some of the parts printed by them. “In one afternoon, they go from concept to prototype and get to take home the class project’s 3D printed part,” Jessica Skorut of GoEngineer tells 3DPrint.com.
Camps will be held in Duncan, Salt Lake City, St. George, Houston, Woodland Hills, Santa Ana, San Diego, Oklahoma City, Santa Clara, Dallas, Sacramento and Tulsa. They will be running from July 10 – August 7. The full schedule can be viewed at the GoEngineers website.
“This is our 2nd year offering this program,” Skorut told us. “We’ve doubled capacity since last year and are expecting 450 students to attend in 13 locations. Our aim is to inspire youth to see that they are the innovators of tomorrow’s products. Their unique backgrounds and interests will only aid in the products they create.”
These camps, even though they are short, provide an exemplary opportunity to introduce 3D design and the process of 3D printing to children. After all, they will be the ones that advance this technology the furthest and end up utilizing it the most.
Are you sending your kids to one of these camps? Discuss in the GoEngineer Kids’ Camps forum thread on 3DPB.com
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