Earlier this year, Alpamayo took a huge leap in its STEM lab. With the help of two University of Michigan students, Isabella de Shantz and Paul Kubicek, Alpamayo acquired 3D printers and students were trained in how to properly use them.
Isabella, a computer science major, and Paul, an industrial design student, were invited to Alpamayo through UTK United Technologies for Kids. For about three weeks, Paul and Isabella worked with our teachers and students to ensure we could design and print our own objects in our STEM lab. Within a few hours of the first class, students had already programmed in the design of their own fidget spinners.
Our students were also introduced to coding. They used coding software to manipulate their arduinos and learned how to execute simple tasks within the first few sessions. This was the first large step in a process that will see our STEM program grow.