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RCBI, Marshall University readying Maker Camps

Participating students in the Robert C. Byrd Institute at Marshall University 3D Printing and Maker Camps for middle and high school students work on a project. (Photo Provided)

HUNTINGTON — The Robert C. Byrd Institute at Marshall University has announced dates for its popular series of statewide 3D Printing and Maker Camps for middle and high school students.

Three virtual week-long “Design to Production” camps will run 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. daily June 21-25, July 12-16 and July 19-23. Participants will engage directly in all aspects of manufacturing, from developing their own product ideas, through the design and testing phase of new products to prototyping, manufacturing and marketing.

Students will utilize computer-aided-design software to create and model their own unique designs that will then be 3D printed and laser cut on computer-controlled equipment at RCBI. Students’ creations will be mailed to them at the conclusion of the camps.

Because the interactive, hands-on S.T.E.M. camps will be presented virtually, students ages 9 to 16 from West Virginia and surrounding states may enroll in any of the three camps. The cost is $60 for each camper. A limited number of full scholarships are available thanks to the support of Suddenlink by Altice. To apply for a scholarship, register for the camp then fill out the scholarship application in lieu of submitting payment information.

In addition to providing scholarships, Suddenlink by Altice is joining Nuts, Bolts and Thingamajigs, the charitable foundation of the Fabricators and Manufacturers Association, International, in providing financial support for overall operations of RCBI’s camps.

“With the enthusiastic support of our generous sponsors, RCBI can engage and encourage young minds while promoting creativity and understanding of the use of technology,” said Charlotte Weber, RCBI director and CEO.

“Just as we did with the onset of the pandemic, RCBI will present virtual camps this year that are both educational and entertaining,” said Deacon Stone, director of the Center for Innovation and Maker Vault at RCBI. “A variety of hands-on activities will immerse students in the maker experience while reinforcing the STEM skills of science, technology, engineering and math.”

Because registration is limited, parents or guardians who want their students to participate should register them right away at www.rcbi.org/2021camps. For more information, contact Stone at dstone@rcbi.org or 304 781-1659.

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