In 2015, Digital Harbor Foundation piloted a 3D Printing Field Trip Initiative because we believe every student and every educator should have access to technology skills and the exposure to tech career paths. Our goal is to bring field trips back to DHF and to make them accessible, but we need your help to make this possible.
Our 3D printing field trip focuses on teaching youth and educators the core concepts of 3D printing and digital design skills through hands-on application. In addition to learning about the variety of uses for 3D printing and some possible career paths, every participant has the opportunity to design and print a take-home item as well as contribute to a community project.
Number of Students Served in DHF Field Trips (Jan – May 2015)
Percentage of students who saw a 3D printer for the first time at DHF
During the 2014-2015 school year, we served 676 students and 84% of the students who participated on field trips were minority youth (non-Caucasian). In addition, roughly 53% of the students who participated in field trips were female. 81% of our participating schools had the average rate of low-income students (measured by FARM eligibility). Our field trips can make an impact and expose youth to new possibilities, but we need your support and help to bring them back.
On this Giving Tuesday (and all through December) we are raising funds to support our field trip program so that we can offer these enriching experiences to even more youth in and around Baltimore. To learn more about how to help, please visit our crowdfunding campaign: digitalharbor.org/fieldtrips