As first reported in the Midland Daily News
, the Girls' STEM Club at Northeast Middle School recently participated in a 3D printing workshop at Michigan State University St. Andrews
, where they learned about the 3D printing process and computer-aided design (CAD) modeling.
Northeast’s STEM Club had 32 girls participate in the workshop, which included entry-level 3D printing, an overview of materials used in the process and an introduction to the elementary CAD software (Tinkercad, OpenSCAD) as part of the hands-on instruction.
Students who show interest in STEM are nominated by teachers at Northeast Middle School and participate in several activities throughout the year including various STEM-related field trips. The STEM Club's signature project is working collaboratively as "citizen scientists" with the Chippewa Nature Center to collect data on bluebird box usage.
MSU St. Andrews serves the greater Midland community by providing educational opportunities in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) for all ages. MSU researchers and staff provide National Science Foundation-supported curricula and extra-curricular activities for students, as well as workshops to help local teachers advance STEM subjects as well as MSU's efforts to promote economic vitality in both the region and the state.
Programming is supported by several local organizations, including the Herbert H. and Grace A. Dow Foundation, Rollin M. Gerstacker Foundation, Charles J. Strosacker Foundation and The Dow Chemical Co. Foundation. You can learn more about MSU St. Andrews at Facebook.com/MSUStAndrews or by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org for information on upcoming events.