Hi this is Darby. Today I am going to talk about our experience at FSA [Fulton Science Academy].
This all started when my mom, Amie, wanted to start an after school program about 3D printing.
Both of my parents started to research schools that might be interested in this program…. One day my dad had an idea of a school that might be just what we needed. Since my Dad, Doug, is familiar with the school he researches it and calls the school to see if they might be interested.
It was the perfect time to call because they had something special planed for the upcoming month of May. On Friday May, 3 they are having STEM Day, my dad told me, and they said that we could be one of the exhibits.
My brother, Avery and I were both exited and scared. All the things that we’ve been planning for where finally coming true. This was our family’s first chance to get involved in the public!
On Thursday night we started to pack all of our things together. We planned out what we were going to say, Avery told about the parts of the 3D printer and what cool stuff we’ve made, my mom gave a presentation on how to use a CAD program, my Dad was the entertainer and the main speaker, and I showed the students our blog.
We had the whole entire thing planned out, but the question was were we ready for the big day…. After a beneficial night sleep we all came down stairs for nutritious breakfast. We were so eager to get to the school that when we were all done setting up we had to wait for about 2 hours till the first class got there. So in the mean time we met some parents that came in and explained what we were doing and why were there. We also did a practice run for what we were going to be printing that day. When the first class finally came in we all were a little nervous.
But eventually we got the flow of the presentation after a while. The first class where elementary kids, they didn’t really get the fact that the happy-sad coin turned happy when it was done.
The middle school classes got it a lot better than the younger kids, I was relieved to have kids that were a little more close to my age. One of the surprising things was only two students had seen a 3D printer in person.
Only a few of the students knew what a CAD program was.
There were lots of interesting questions like, how much is it, how long do the creations take to print, and a clever question was how many polygons are in the Yoda we had on display.
When it was all done we packed up all of our things and put them in the car outside. This day was a learning opportunity for all of us, my mom said, you will be much more comfortable now with people older than you or even your peers. After, all the family wanted was to have a satisfying dinner and a chance to relax!!