A charter school STEM program has a unique idea to have students learn about 3-D printers by building them.

Learn About 3-D Printers By Building ThemA series of weeklong workshops were sponsored by the Pennsylvania Cyber Charter School and conducted around the state. Workshops were held in Harrisburg, Pittsburgh, Ephrata, Allentown, Strasburg, Shippensburg area, Susquehanna Township, and the Red Lion area.

The online school has a STEM program run by Joe Cilli.  He said that all 24 students purchased kits for entry level 3-D printers at a discounted price of $200.  They assembled the printers and were then able to keep them. Cilli made an instructional video which the students followed.  They were able to receive assistance during the process of piecing the printers together. They used the Printrbot Play, an all metal body printer which was newly released this summer.

“I’m there to guide them on how to build it, but they’re putting together a machine that many adults struggle to build,” Cilli said.

The model they used is the Printrbot Play, an all-metal-body 3-D printer just released this summer.

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