Two schools in the Cleveland, Ohio, area will begin 2016 with new 3D printers thanks to donations from sponsors and participants in the Miles for Manufacturing 5K run held in October at AMT’s Global Forecasting & Marketing Conference.

During the December School Board meeting in Independence, Ohio, we presented a MakerGear 3D printer to students, parents, STEM and Technology teachers, administrators and school board members at Independence Middle School.

The school was chosen to receive this machine because of its existing STEM program and the need for the 3D printer; the parent community that is fully engaged with the STEM program; and its location in the Cuyahoga Valley Career Center system, where a new RAMTEC is opening in January.

The RAMTEC (Robotics and Advanced Manufacturing Technology Education Collaborative) is an Ohio statewide STEM/Career Technical Education Consortium, which is supported by AMT members Fanuc, Lincoln Electric and Yaskawa Motoman.

A 3D printer was also donated to Riverside PreK-8 in Cleveland. Riverside is a feeder school to Max Hayes High School in Cleveland. In the Spring of 2015, AMT presented a check in the amount of $6,500 from Miles for Manufacturing donations to support 3D printer equipment purchases for the new machining lab at the newly rebuilt and re-opened Max Hayes High School.

By placing a 3D printer into the STEM program at Riverside, AMT is giving students the tools they need for project-based learning and enabling the students to make connections to and get excited about the possibility of a future career in manufacturing. 

The donation of these 3D printers is in line with AMT’s support of the nationwide effort to place 3D printers in every school in the U.S. 

The next Miles for Manufacturing 5K will be held at The MFG Meeting in Palm Desert, Calif., March 2-5, 2016, and we will be choosing schools to receive donations thanks to participants and our sponsors.