Yesterday Robo sponsored the Summer STEM Space Camp at Fort MacArthur in San Pedro, CA, where students attending got a chance to learn about space exploration, 3D CAD design/3D printing, drones, and rockets! Yes, rockets. The kids also had a chance to build and fly their own mini SpaceX Falcon rocket...to infinity...and beyond! #buzzlightyear.
This STEM space camp was started by one of our users Lieutenant Colonel Robert M. Atkins of the US Air Force. Robert's 19 year career in space has landed him a unique skillset, which has led to innovation in multiple areas of space and missile operations. Robert also founded a non-profit to bring space education to high school and industry professionals.
Below are some of the pictures from this great event. Beyond learning about rockets and space travel, Braydon hosted a Tinkercad tutorial lesson, which led into a "3D Design Your Own Rocket" competition with 10 teams. The winning team designed the "Big Bang 8" rocket (which you can see below), complete with 8 rocket thrusters, coincidentally.
We were so proud to see how eager the kids were to learn about 3D printing and 3D modeling. Beyond the amazement of how quickly the kids picked up on Tinkercad, Robert made a pact to print anything that the kids design and send to him via email post-camp to help inspire the kids to continue honing in on their design skillset.