Blennerhassett Elementary students get involved in the 3D printing club

PARKERSBURG, W.Va. (WTAP) – Nine fifth graders from Blennerhassett Elementary School are part of a 3D printing club.

“The 3D Printing Club is really fun,” says club member Payton Easton. “And Ms. Smith makes it fun and educational for all of us to be able to 3D print.”

Steam teacher Lisa Smith is the adult advisor for the student-run 3D Printing Club. She teaches students what they can do with 3D printing.

“So whatever they want to learn or create, that’s what we do,” Smith says. “They learn mathematics, creativity, perseverance. But also, we study careers and how 3D printing is changing the world.

Students have the chance to complete interesting and fun projects.

Like spinning tops and Christmas decorations.

Students are also inspired by how this device can help people, such as the company “E-Nable” which makes prostheses for people who are missing limbs.

“People who were born without hands or wrists or things like that, you can actually 3D print hands to them. And they can move their wrists to make it cooperate,” says club member Avery Ferguson.

And its clubs like these, which Smith says are getting more students interested in steaming careers in the future.

“All of these skills will be needed for these STEAM jobs in the future. And they’re very excited about it. They love doing it. So they’re excited to see what they can do,” Smith says.

And some of these students already want to work with these printers more when they get older.

“I would like to work more with 3D printers,” says club member Tyler Wingrove. “I’m really hoping for a 3D printer because the STEAM club really introduced me to 3D printing.”

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