SMART Girls 'Dream It – Design It – Do It' in 3-D Summer of Exploration

Published 06.25.2014

Automated Manufacturing & Machining
Industrial, Computing & Engineering Technologies News

Eric K. Albert, associate professor of machine tool technology/automated manufacturing, leads participants (who come from a wide variety of Pennsylvania counties) through an "Innovation Station: Product Design" session.Intently tending to the project at handSMART Girls wave from the Hiawatha riverboat.Pizza in the park!Relaxing on the riversideThe summer edition of Penn College's popular SMART (Science & Math Applications in Real-World Technologies) Girls program gave each participating ninth- through 11th-grader an opportunity to experience the art of 3-D printing from beginning to end. The girls worked in teams to design and print their 3-D creations, which will be displayed at a public event Thursday morning. Members of the campus community are invited to attend the mock trade show to be held from 10-11 a.m. in Room 157 of College Avenue Labs, which culminates the weeklong residential program coordinated by Outreach for K-12 and aided by corporate donations through the state's Educational Improvement Tax Credit program. In addition to the project-based learning exercise, the SMART Girls learned about career, economic and workforce development ... and had more than a little fun in the bargain.
Photos by Cindy Davis Meixel, writer/photo editor, and Dalaney T. Vartenisian, student photographer