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Design, 3D printing competition planned

posted Dec 8, 2015, 6:44 AM by Terri Willms   [ updated Dec 8, 2015, 6:44 AM ]
    Burke County Public Schools students will compete in an engineering design and 3D printing competition in the spring. Catawba County Chamber of Commerce and Concept Frames Inc. is sponsoring the Direct Digital Manufacturing (DDM) competition for sixth through 12th graders from Burke, Alexander, Caldwell, Catawba, Lincoln and Hickory school districts.
    In preparation for competition, Project Lead the Way teachers from each district participated Thursday in a day-long training event at the North Carolina Center for Engineering Technologies (NCCET). Mitch McGuire, East Burke Middle; Paul Gantt, Liberty Middle; Kim Long, Table Rock Middle; Tim Barnsback, Heritage Middle; and Wayne Whaley, STEAM Academy, represented Burke County Public Schools at the training. Randy Burns from NCCET and Scott Regenbogen from CVCC-MSC led the training. The teachers will form student groups at their schools and facilitate their students designing and testing a scaled wind turbine rotor. After six weeks of designing, the schools will come together for a final interschool competition culminating in the design and testing of their 3D printed turbine.
    John C. Wiley of Concept Frames, Inc., is a member of the steering committee for the event and also was at the training. The purpose is to raise students’ awareness of the impact and potential of direct digital manufacturing. Businesses with designers are asked to meet with each school-based team to provide encouragement and support for their design process. 

Cheryl M. Shuffler
Public Relations Officer
Burke County Public Schools
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