Project ‘Tenaces’ to offer 3D design camps for middle, high school students

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Adding art to science, technology, engineering and math fields brings insight, the academic program coordinator said.

By Sarah F. Morgan

sac-ranger@alamo.edu

The Kids 3D summer camps will offer unique activities such as calligram building, 3D printing and keyframe animation for middle and high school students, Aaron Ellis, academic program coordinator for the Title III Project “Tenaces,” said May 2.

Three sessions — 3D Modeling and Sculpting, 3D Scanning and Printing, and 3D Terraining and Animation — for middle school students take place June 3-6, June 10-13 and June 17-20.

The same three sessions take place for high school students July 8-11, July 15-18 and July 22-25.

Each session is 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday on the sixth floor of Moody Learning Center.

Registration is $150 per student for each session they attend, and there is no deadline to register.

A maximum of 10 students can attend each session, Ellis said.

The summer camps must have at least five students sign up for each session or the session will be canceled, Ellis said.

In 3D Modeling and Sculpting, students learn how to design mechanical shapes, such as buildings, vehicles and geometric structures, and organic shapes like faces, bodies and nature in 3D computer graphics software Blender, Ellis said.

In 3D Scanning and Printing, students use cameras to scan items and create data to print using a 3D printer, Ellis said.

Students also will learn to handle the molds that come out of a 3D printer, which are fragile and gritty, Ellis said.

In 3D Terraining and Animation, students will use Blender to create topographical terrains with erosion simulations as well as learn stop motion and keyframe animation to make films, Ellis said.

The summer camps are funded by the Department of Education Title III Project “Tenaces.”

Project “Tenaces,” which is Spanish for “tenacious” helps lower income and Hispanic communities enter the science, technology, engineering and math fields at this college, Ellis said.

“One of the things I try to do is add art to that ‘STEM’… because the creative side of our lives really helps puts the science part into perspective,” Ellis said. “If (students) want to learn how to do these kinds of things that they’re not going to learn anywhere else, then (3D design camps) are a great place to start.”

Students can register by calling Joanna Grogan, director of continuing education, at 210-486-0409 or emailing her at jgrogan@alamo.edu.

For more information about the camp, call Ellis at 210-486-1223.

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