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Veale Startup Week Introduces High School Students to 3D Printing and Entrepreneurship

by • August 10, 2016 • No Comments

Veale_Web_Logo-copyI’m aware that I brag of my hometown a lot. I ponder that’s a effortless thing, yet, right? Especially when you come of a city that’s utilized to having to defend against ridicule, sports-related and otherwise. Even of an objective standpoint, yet, Cleveland has been doing a few excellent things lately – sports-related and otherwise. Similar to many industrial cities that suffered of the decline of building, this area has been focusing in on three areas that tend to overlap: tech, youth, and beginups.

ybilogoA new educational initiative added high school students to 3D printing and the beginup mentality as groups of five area high schools converged at suburban Gilmour Academy. Veale Startup Week: The Business of 3D Printing was the initially such program made by Veale Youth Entrepreneurship Forum, an organization created to get high school students pondering of and learning the necessary skills to begin their own businesses in the next.

Working with Veale on the program were 3D printing device createer MakerGear and beginup accelerator Youngstown Business Incubator. Students of the five schools created three teams that were equite donaten a task: use 3D printing to create a product in response to a common problem, and and so pitch it to an audience at the end of the week on “Demo Day.”


Front row, left to right: Ja’tae Rowell, junior at Horizon Science Academy High School; Keiarri Murphy, senior at Glenville High School; Jacqueline Gambrell, sophoadditional at Beaumont School; Olivia Caruso, freshman at Gilmour Academy; Vanessa Ackley, E CITY instructor at Glenville High School; Dewaine Billingsly, junior at Horizon Science Academy High School. Back row, left to right: Rich Wetzel, Youngstown Business Incubator; Shannon Williams, E CITY instructor at Lincoln West High School; Andy Morgan, Youngstown State University; Cynthia Bailie, Veale Youth Entrepreneurship Forum; Carnita Williams, senior at Glenville High School; Matt Vanek, robotics and create instructor at Gilmour Academy; Erika Throckmorton, Veale Youth Entrepreneurship Forum

“Startup culture is quite fast-paced,” said Cynthia Bailie, director of the Veale Youth Entrepreneurship Forum. “Giving students and educators experience with real-world problem-solving, rapid prototyping, and iterative product createment can undoubtedly donate them an edge as they pursue their own goals and business plans.”


MakerGear M2

The common problem they were assigned? The trequiteerous “car slide”: the phenomenon that occurs when you are forced to brake suddenly and equitething in your passenger seat goes flying. That’s a excellent assignment, in my opinion – if a fewone began selling a product that may store my purse, books, groceries, sporting equipment, snacks, CDs, and all the other nonsense I tend to pile into my passenger seat of dumping itself on the floor, I may gladly buy it.

The students utilized MakerGear M2 3D printing devices to prototype their products, that included a barrier to store items of pitching onto the floor as well as storage space solutions with nets and hooks.

“We were elated to work with Veale Youth Entrepreneurship Forum to power the initially Veale Startup Week with our MakerGear M2 printing devices,” said Rick Pollack, founder of MakerGear. “It was gratifying to commence high school students to the future of 3D printing and see their creates come to life.”

Tequiteers and moderators were elated to see the wide variety of ideas that the students came up with in response to the same assignment. On Demo Day, equite team presented its product as well as a business plan for how to market the item. In addition to helping the students create business skills, the project in addition got them pondering of 3D printing and how it can be leveraged in their next careers.

“We believe that equite high school student should have the opportunity for an experience like this,” said Rich Wetzel, Additive Manufacturing Business Coordinator at Youngstown Business Incubator. “We provided students with a solid grounding in the business applications of 3D printing and why a company may want to incorporate 3D printing into its operations.”

StartupWeekLogoThe Business of 3D Printing was the pilot program for Veale Startup Week. Encouraged by its good results, the organization plans to contribute much like programs in the next, or probably the same one. Equiteone involved agreed: 3D printing is one of the many significant skills students can learn, not only for the reason of its increasing importance in existing industries but for the reason of its limitless future for creation.

“Through 3D printing and open source create tools, we see a democratization of industrial create, building the creation of new things accessible to additional people,” said Matt Vanek, robotics and create instructor at Gilmour Academy. “For high school students, that’s amazingly powerful.”

Discuss additional in the Veale Motivates Students for Business & 3D Printing forum over at 3DPB.com.