The CEAS Rapid Prototyping Lab, located on UC’s Victory Parkway Campus, specializes in the creation of physical objects through a subset of additive manufacturing technology called 3-D printing. Antoline and Slattery took the dimensions of the girls’ prototype, brainstormed multiple potential designs that had the desired features, and created solid models of these options in the “SolidWorks” computer program. Once the final design was chosen, these models were transferred to the “CatalystEx” software as STL (stereolithography) files. Finally, these STL files were sent to the 3-D printing machine, a Dimension 1200es Series, which produced solid, physical prototypes of each of the components required in the final design.
Johnson then arranged for the girls, along with Principal Durham, to visit the CEAS Rapid Prototyping Lab and pick up their real-world prototype from Antoline and Slattery. Both excitement and satisfaction could be seen on their faces. Sophia said, “In this class, we are always challenged. For example, we did a post-it-note project that was difficult but fun! It is so cool to see something that we worked extremely hard on come to life.”
Slattery adds, “I’m glad to see that the Knovation course gives young students a new-line of thinking and really excites them to think outside of the box. The most important aspect of the class is how it shows students that trial and error are an integral part of engineering and thus, innovation. Credit for the Savory Server prototype is all owed to Sophia and Maddy, I merely tweaked the design dimensions and processed it.”
Principal Durham reflects, “UC and Knovation have been fantastic partners to our school. Both are so supportive of our students and truly encourage innovation. I am so pleased that this opportunity is available to our students. And the students are really enjoying the course as they are challenged in new and exciting ways. The prototype of the Savory Server was a huge hit—Maddy and Sophia are currently researching a patent!”
Students like Maddy and Sophia are the future of STEM and both CECH and CEAS salute their innovation.
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