3D Printing Brings Career Readiness and Funding to California Students
Like many high school teachers, Mike Bruggeman’s first foray into 3D printing was driven by the desire to put the innovative, affordable design and construction tool into the hands of more engineering students. Soon after installing Chico High School’s first Stratasys 3D Printer, Bruggeman realized its impact expanded far beyond just allowing students to experiment with the state-of-the-art technology.
“Two members of the local business community approached me with design communication challenges that they were facing,” said Bruggeman, who teaches architecture and engineering at the California high school. Klean Kanteen, a maker of eco-friendly stainless steel water bottles, was grappling with language barriers and design issues when dealing with manufacturers in China. Bruggeman’s students 3D printed lid design prototypes that were sent to China and used in final product development.
Students in grades 10-12 solve engineering problems and build portfolios of 3D work.
“When you incorporate business partners into the educational environment, it raises the bar.”
Mike Bruggeman, Chico High School