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

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.

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 hand

Intently tending to the project at hand

SMART Girls wave from the Hiawatha riverboat.

SMART Girls wave from the Hiawatha riverboat.

Pizza in the park!

Pizza in the park!

Relaxing on the riverside

Relaxing on the riverside

The 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 3D 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 D. Meixel, writer/photo editor, and Dalaney T. Vartenisian, student photographer

3 Comments

  1. Jeannette Carter says:

    I hope lots of college employees come over from 10-11. The girls have worked hard and need participants to ‘vote’ for the favorite project.

    Posted June 26, 2014 at 8:46 am
  2. Pat Shoff Rambo says:

    I was totally impressed by what the girls accomplished and how well they explained the process. Kudos to the college participants who shared their expertise.

    Posted June 26, 2014 at 12:16 pm
  3. Jeannette Carter says:

    The facilitation team for Smart Girls was impressed at the awesome turnout of Penn College faculty and staff at the Trade Show. Thanks to everyone who helped make the event a success.

    Posted June 26, 2014 at 4:05 pm

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