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WyoTech grant to cover 3-D printers for STEM projects at West Hempfield Middle School

The following article is from the Trib Live.

West Hempfield Middle School accepted a $10,000 grant to purchase seven 3-D printers Wednesday, expanding a program teaching students the science underlying new technologies.

The grant from WyoTech’s Blairsville campus will fund five printers at West Hempfield and two more at Harrold Middle School, said Principal Aaron Steinly. WyoTech, a vocational school with programs in manufacturing, repair and management, helped students celebrate the grant award Wednesday by sending a conversion van packed with entertainment features demonstrating the vocational schools’ skills.

"We’re creating a STEM model using emergent technologies to motivate and inspire kids, and using that to teach them high-level science, technology, engineering and math concepts," Steinly said.

Next fall, students will partner with the Enabling the Future Foundation and use the printers to make prosthetic limbs the foundation will donate to needy children. Other projects will include scanning and creating three-dimensional models of parts for the school’s lockers, which are older and can be difficult to order replacement parts for, Steinly said.

The 3-D printing program follows another after-school program Steinly started in the 2016-17 school year using drones to teach students the physics and engineering of flight.

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