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Merging Arts and Engineering Education with AM
    Fab@Home Desktop Fabricator

Artists and engineers need creative, experimental, and critical thinking skills and methods to achieve their (albeit different) problems.  The primary objective of this project is to establish a pedagogical means for exploring the disciplines’ common need for creative and critical thinking within its students.

As a means to achieve this objective, we are working with local K-12 teachers to design curriculum that is centered around rapid prototyping - a creative technology that is shared between the arts and engineering disciplines.

We are working with the Fab@Home desktop fabrication system  as it provides a cost effective  (and portable) means for introducing the concepts of rapid prototyping to the students of K-12 schools.  Working with teachers of local schools, we are developing curriculum that uses the Fab@Home system to enhance their students’ understanding of STEM concepts.

Kid's Tech University
    Kid's Tech University Fab@Home Station

Kid's Tech University is a program held at Virginia Tech to spark kids' interest in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) areas. As part of KTU, kid's from ages 9-12 come from all around Virginia to see the cool research being done here at VT.

The DREAMS Lab takes this opportunity to educate youth about additive manufacturing technologies. Using a Fab@Home printer to extrude cake icing, squirtable cheese, and other fun materials, we demonstrate the concept of building objects layer by layer.

    Kid's Tech University Fab@Home Station
National Defense University
    Dave McCarthy at NDU's STAR-TIDES event

The National Defense University is the premier center for Joint Professional Military Education (JPME). They are a rich source of expertise on issues of national security. The main campus is located on Fort McNair in Washington, D.C.

The DREAMS Lab has been working with NDU to help spread understanding of additive manufacturing technologies and the implications of the expansion of additive manufacturing.

Drs. Williams and Campbell first presented at NDU on August 19, 2011 with "Additive Manufacturing: State of the Art, Potential, and Implications" to a wide-ranging audience from NDU students to high-level government officials.

We joined NDU for the 2011 STAR-TIDES event on October 5, 2011 to show how important additive manufacturing can be for disaster relief while running entirely on solar power.

The DREAMS Lab spent the day with NDU in the atrium of the Pentagon in Washington, D.C. on October 12, 2011 to showcase our research and it's broader implications.