Have you heard? DHF is now operating in the early morning hours too! Our 3D Printing Field Trips are off to a great start. So far this season, we have welcomed in groups of upper elementary students and a few middle school groups. The youth have all been awesome and have had so much fun!
During field trips, youth are introduced to a 3D design program and guided through how to use that program to create their own designs for printing. They use this tool to design their very own personalized keychains that they can take home with them.
Youth also learn about how 3D printers work and how they are being used in various industries such as fashion, architecture, and the medical field. This presentation is rich with information and real world examples to increase knowledge and interest in 3D printing for field trip participants.
Field trips are a two-hour experience intended for groups no larger than 25. We prefer the youth to be fourth grade and above, but are open to exploring options for younger children. The youth should be comfortable using a computer and able to work somewhat independently.
Thanks to generous donors, we are able to offer a limited number of field trip opportunities free of charge to Baltimore-area public schools. If you are a Baltimore-area public educator interested in scheduling a field trip, act now because spots fill up quickly!
Don’t delay – schedule your field trip today!
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