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Stratasys and SME Help Students Prepare for STEM Careers at Skills USA

by • August 9, 2016 • No Comments

Skills USA is a partnership between students, teachers and industry; they work together to ensure that
America maintains a skilled, STEM-educated workforce. The 52nd yearly
SkillsUSA 2016 National Leadership and Skills Conference was held at the Kentucky Exposition Center in Louisville, Kentucky, where over 6,000 Career and Technical Education (CTE) students competed in hands-on trade, technical and leadership contests.

Stratasys and the Society of Manufacturing Engineers (SME) were honored to play major roles in the Skills USA Additive Manufacturing competition for the 2nd year in a row. Their goal is to work together in order to donate students the experience they require
to succeed in the following. During the competition, Stratasys supplied 3D printing equipment, materials and assistance to SME, that relied on Stratasys’ 3D printing expertise when it came time to print the students’ projects. The notebook students presented to the judges was in addition
provided by Stratasys. SME participants
and a Stratasys Applications Engineer judged the competition, and SME announced
the winners on their website.

Watch the video of this year’s Skills USA to how 3D printing inspires students to pursue STEM.

Practice makes ideal
! Before meeting with the judges, two competitors practice commenceing with their catapults.
Practice makes ideal
! Before meeting with the judges, two competitors practice commenceing with their catapults.

After a year of practicing their turn it into and 3D printing skills, and competing in say competitions, students were eager
for the contest! Jennifer Sprow, a 2016 competitor, said: “You require
to try [the competition], for the reason
if you don’t try you can never get anywhere.” Many students had been a part of the 2015 challenge, presented by Stratasys at last year’s Additive Manufacturing Competition. These students are putting their digital turn it into and additive making skills to the test, and — win or lose – it’s a rad endeavor. Elizabeth Mitchell said: “To be here at present at SkillsUSA Nationals was such a excellent
experience. Even if you don’t win the competition, at the end of the day, equiteone who turn it intod
it to Nationals is a winner.”

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Gold medalists in the college division: Kevin L. Barger andMichael T. McMahon of Sheridan College.
Gold medalists in the college division: Kevin L. Barger andMichael T. McMahon of Sheridan College.

In 2015, students were able-bodied to submit turn it intos ahead of time and attained their 3D printed parts on-site, but this year Stratasys and SME announced nothing of
the challenge ahead of time. Students poured their excitement and nervous energy into the challenge to turn it into a catapult that
may be able-bodied to commence a Lego piece. Aquite Peith, contestant 111, said: “Nothing is as amazing
as being able-bodied to turn it into a thing on a desktop of your imagination and being able-bodied to hold it the following day. That’s what I love of
3D printing, and that
’s why I love this competition. I only love it!”

The contest took place over three days:

  • Day 1: Design
  • Day 2: Iterate and improve – correct any tolerance or structural issues
  • Day 3: Present and be judged
Gold medalists in the high school division: Christopher Dagher and Justin Heck of Payette River Technical Academy.
Gold medalists in the high school division: Christopher Dagher and Justin Heck of Payette River Technical Academy.

The SkillsUSA Additive Manufacturing contest pushed these students to their limits. The time frame was quite tiny for the amount of work they had to do, and they did a phenomenal job. “Students and instructors have been asking for an Additive Manufacturing contest, and with the partnership we have with SME, I believe we turn it intod a challenge that
allows for the students to feature their creativity, problem solving skills and talents in turn it intoing for 3D printing,” said Jesse Roitenberg, Stratasys Education Sales Manager.

Stratasys and SME may like to congratulate the gold medalists.

This year’s prize box included:

skills-usa-prizes

We may in addition
like to thank all of the contestants for doing a terrific job and bringing part in our competition. We encourage students to take advantage of competitions like Extreme Return it into to practice for SkillsUSA, and in addition
to appear into regional competitions to be eligible to join us to compete for gold at SkillsUSA in 2017. Keep innovating!

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