The Southwest Schools Summer Camp for 8th and 9th graders centers around that question.
“We want to foster, inspire, and empower our students to be innovative. We want to expose them to skills and crafts that are probably not part of their daily lives,” says Rose Norman, Chief Research & Grants Officer.
Through Nuts, Bolts, and Thingamajigs, 3D Modeling and Design Camp, students learn entrepreneurial skills including inventing, problem solving, and competing. Challenged with using Tinkercad software to design a piece of jewelry that represents peace, the design is then output to a 3D printer. After which, kids develop a marketing strategy to sell the jewelry to an older group of students.
Each week of the camp culminates in a field trip that showcases unique jobs in our community. Storage and Processors (located at the Port of Houston) and Rice University’s 3D Lab are among the stops.
Southwest Schools thanks our Board of Directors President, Rick Hargrove, for encouraging us to apply for grant monies to make this camp possible for our students.