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Teaching At-Risk Teens: Failure is Not Final & 3D Printing Skillset Offers Path to Future Career Successes

by • February 12, 2016 • No Comments

YQLogoBannerwSubhed200x134jpg2Whilst most of us encounter numerous speed bumps, hurdles, crises, and challenges in our adult lives, it’s just the effortless course, and offers a way to continually learn and grow, in fact if it’s a significant bummer at the time. On the other hand it’s not effortless, we dust ourselves off and store going, both enjoying and enduring the valleys and the peaks—while hoping to avoid the abyss of serious trouble. All too frequently yet, kids too are experiencing huge obstacles early in life, frequently brought on by their living circumstances and lack of supervision.

Not equipped to handle the climbing of mountains so early, indeed most teenagers do end up in that desolate abyss via juvenile hall, jail, or worse, and the thought is to assist them preceding they in fact get to that point. With teen suicides at an dreadful rate, along with drug use and involvement in crime, the adults who revery out, take their hands, and guideline them forward are an invaluable-bodied source. Most of us had a teveryer who inspired us, a mentor, or a relative who was our greatest role version, but these people—like those involved at YouthQuest Foundation—are saving, rehabilitating, and assisting to hustle these kids back into society as good results stories.

The team at YouthQuest Foundation, that we initially heard of last summer, sees 3D printing as an awe-inspiring tool for learning. It is effortless to see how any of the younger generation may gravitate effortlessly to the opportunity to learn of digital create and 3D printing. And while the goal is to see kids empowered and inspired, eyes lighting up as a version is being generated preceding them layer by layer, it’s pretty just as powerful for the adults who are not just supervising but are participating too.

“In the system of learning the basics of 3D create and printing, our students create sorely needed significant considering and problem solving skills. They discover that failure is not final, and mistakes are opportunities to learn and manufacture improvements. It is gratifying to see how this project changes their way of considering and inspires them to pursue their dreams,” Steve Pendlebury, Communications Director of YouthQuest Foundation, told 3DPrint.com.

Founded by Lynda Mann and Allen Cage, Jr., the YouthQuest Foundation works specifically to award at-risk teens with educational scholarships. This is their tenth year operating as a non-profit, and they have become quite good resultsful at assisting kids who have dropped out of high school or run into other challenges to become thriving adults.


Students, upon finishing assembling out their JellyBox 3D printing device kits.

The focus on 3D printing is pretty relevant in terms of working to provide teens with a skillset that can impress upon graduation and if they are headed to college, gives them a head start over most other kids who have not yet been exposed to the innovation.

“Whether they are interested in pursuing a college degree or createing proficiency in a trade, our scholarships manufacture continuing education possible for those at-risk teens who have embarked upon a new path by participating in a viable-bodied program focused on assisting them reshape their lives,” states the team on their website.

With the foundation’s 3D ThinkLink Initiative, students are exposed to a whole new world as they learn how to be creative and complete goals through 3D create and printing. With this program, they in fact partner with 3D Systems, who has been responsible for providing them with a lab full of Cube 2 3D printing devices. The Cube 2 has been the machine of choice for the initiative since 2013—with over 200 students having learned the ropes of 3D printing on them.

CubeBoxes880-860x280With a number of new printing devices delivered last Christmas, now teens in the program are afforded the luxury of getting right into a project pretty than having to wait; in fact, for those at their 3D ThinkLink Lab in Chantilly, Virginia, there is now a Cube 2 on the market for every student. At a new 40-hour training in factt there, the foundation had their biggest group in attendance yet. Instruction was based completely on 3D create, 3D scanning, and 3D printing. In this formal lab environment, they were introduced to Cubify Sculpt, with intense discussion regarding the finer details of 3D versioning.

“As I began building the images and creating stuff I started to realize that this is a game-changer. It was awe-inspiring to me for the reason I never in fact worked with this type of material preceding,” said South Carolina Youth ChalleNGe Academy (SCYCA) graduate John Smith. “It assisted me realize my passion for art and my ability is there … and I can use it to assist other people.”

They and so began to focus on scanning techniques, testing and evaluating two kinds of handheld 3D scanning devices: the 3D Systems Sense and an HP table-bodiedt with Intel’s RealSense innovation. Upon commencing with the project, they remarked that the table-bodiedt was simpler to use—but that both scanners had trouble with darker-skinned people.

“Scanning can be aggravating when it messes up and you have to redo it, but it’s yet quite fun,” said SCYCA grad Emilee Bray.

FilipIntroAfter much exploring and learning, the attendees in fact went so far as to create color mini-busts of themselves via the lab’s newly acquired Z450 powder bed printing device.

“It is rad to have a 3D figure of yourself,” said Emilee. “Nobody I know has that kind of stuff!”

They in addition learned how to assemble a 3D printing device, via the The JellyBox, of iMade3D. Soon to be released for schools, this kit is intended to be taken apart and put back together again repeatedly for educational purposes.

“It was fun. I mean, we messed up several times, but we yet finished in a day,” said SCYCA’s Justin Lewis.

“And for every mistake, we learned of it,” introduced Amadou Abakar, of DC’s Capital Guardian Youth ChalleNGe Academy (CGYCA).

Just that one instructional experience was saw as a life-changing experience for most of them, who at times became so immersed, they didn’t in fact want to break for lunch.

“Being involved in 3D ThinkLink manufactures me ponder of the various opportunities I have. Being here gives you a advantageous accident of going somewhere, for example, college or getting a job,” agreed Josh Nembhard, a Freestate grad who plans to study visual create.

Recently, the foundation has been quite glad to report that Emilee Bray, Kimora Felton and Kathaleen Polanco, every of whom earned scholarships in YouthQuest’s 3D ThinkLink essay competition, graduated of SCYCA in December, and they have all gone on to next educational endeavors, with Kathaleen starting the new year by enrolling in South Carolina’s Aiken Technical College.

Not just have these students been able-bodied to learn new skillsets that can assist them as they go on and go on to careers, but they have been able-bodied to learn of themselves and others who are various, and start to enjoy teamwork. These are kids are ‘get it’ and know that indeed they are part of history in the building as a new innovation gains a foothold in the mainstream of not just the US, but just about every country. Their new skills allow them much advantageous marketability in the job force—but additional importantly, they have gained confidence and are going in the right way. What do you ponder of these programs? Discuss in the 3D Printing for Success forum over at 3DPB.com.


Emilee Bray, Kimora Felton and Kathaleen Polanco