Students are building hover cars through a partnership with a business and a one week college program for middle schoolers.

Building Hover CarsThe hover cars will soon fly as part of a class on 3D design at M.C. Ginsberg Objects of Art. The class for middle school students covers design, additive manufacturing, and 3-D printing.

The class is offered for students in grades 6-8 at the Junior Scholars Institute sponsored by the University of Iowa Belin-Blank Center. It is the first of its kind to be offered at a business instead of a classroom.

According to Lori Ihrig, supervisor for curriculum and instruction, the 3D design course combines artistry, engineering and entrepreneurship.  The partnership with M.C. Ginsberg gives students the chance to work in a real life setting. The class takes students beyond the simple use of technology through problem solving and creative thinking.
“It’s not 3D printing for the sake of 3D printing,” Ihrig said.

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