Little did I know, when Cathy Lewis of 3D Systems asked me for a favor, that it would result in one of the most rewarding experiences of my life. Cathy Lewis was speaking at a conference on 3D printing organized by Homeland Security and asked me if I would be willing to bring my Cube 3D printer to demonstrate it. I was more than happy to do so.
During the conference Cathy introduced me to Lynda Mann of YouthQuest, who spoke of their desire to use 3D printing to inspire and motivate at-risk young people. To make a long story short, I ended up volunteering to teach 3D printing to some cadets from Class 40 at the Freestate Challenge Academy located on the the grounds of the Edgewood / Aberdeen Proving Grounds.
It was an amazing experience that I enjoyed immensely. The cadets, as you will see in the video at the end of the YouthQuest story in the link in this article really took to 3D design and printing in a huge way. There is no need to write much more. Steve Pendlebury, who shot and edited the video, has done a great job of telling the story of Class 40 and the effects of 3D Printing on the lives of the Cadets.
To read about the life changing experience for both cadets and teacher please check out Steve's article on the YouthQuest web site. The video is at the bottom of the article.
Why 3D Printing Is a Great Teaching Tool for At-Risk Youth
This class was the first of many classes to be expanded around the country in the future. And, I am SO happy to be a part of it.