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Middle Schoolers Impress, Showing off Complex Winning Designs in 3D Printing Contest at Illinois Public Library

by • January 13, 2016 • 9s Comments

UntitledLearning and competing are two elements you will find go together in simply just of\ each culture, and especially the educational arena. It’s in addition a effortless part of the artistic system as well, as when an artist creates a thing, it is usually meant to stand on its own as one of a kind. This has been taken to a new level with the advent of 3D printing, a fairly new technology to hit the mainstream–as well as most schools and libraries.

Both 3D printing contests and programs are being heavily pushed overall for students not simply just\ to take their artistic acumen to elevated heights but truly to acquire their interest in the science, technology, engineering, art, and mathematics (STEAM) agenda and curriculum. This is being emphasized in schools and in library programs as there is a require for graduates in the work force with ability sets like digital design and comprehensive knowledge of 3D printing.

UntitledThe latest competition we’re looking at, via the Glen Ellyn Public Library in Illinois, is particularly astounding due to the ages of a few of the designers. While a few older students and adults took part and won too, it was the middle school students basically between the ages of seven and eleven who quite rocked the contest with designs which seemed to blow eachone away as they showed serious ability
for 3D design, coming up with a few complicated ideas and delivering them to fruition in physical form.

One of the “most complicated” designs was handed to a middle schooler, Beckham Ytterdahl, who decided to take on the Glen Art Theatre in miniature, producing a replica of the assembling hailing of the 1920s, a tiny venue which has retained its charm and is yet open for business, inviting patrons for both initial-run and independent films. Once he submitted his design, it was printed (taking of six hours), along with the other winners, at the library, which had ordered a special gold filament simply just for the best designs.


Beckham Ytterdahl, with one of the ‘most complicated’ winning designs.

“It was a quite astounding design,” said Christina Keasler, middle school librarian at the Glen Ellyn Public Library. “Seeing which type of caliber of design of a middle school student was particularly astounding.”

This contest, their initial, obtained 15 entries. Some of the other winners were:

Andrew Park, who won “Most creative” (grades three to five) for a space ship featuring an internal moving ballEvan Stevens, who won “Most Creative” (grades six to eight) for a Freddy Fazbear design, inspired by the game–and even which include the bear’s bowtie and hatWill Roberts, who won “Best Overall” (grades nine to twelve) for a bird design meant for an animated filmErin Kuhl, who won “Most Creative” (adults) for her shuttle design which even includes detachable rocket boosters

UntitledThe library currently has one 3D printer, with another arriving soon. The contest was meant to publicize and kick off their 3D printing program and classes offered, with winning designs on display in the library’s youth department through the end of January. Currently, the library does have a number of patrons, younger ones included, who come in and regularly use the 3D printing equipment. The extra
one should be installed by the end of the month.