PTS demonstrates rapid prototyping to local Principal’s Scholars
By: Joe Muskin
A group of Principal's Scholars gather to learn from MechSE's Pi Tau Sigma students.
MechSE and Pi Tau Sigma (PTS) hosted 20 area high school students in the Principal’s Scholars Program for two hours on a Saturday as they learned about rapid prototyping and the science behind the technology.
The students each created several small plastic objects using a simple stereo lithography system in which a projector creates cross-sections of objects layer by layer. Ten of these devices were set up so that all students, working in pairs, had hands-on access to a machine. PTS members demonstrated how the devices work and helped the students create their objects. This personal interaction between the Principal’s Scholars and PTS members allowed the high school students a peek into the world of studying engineering at Illinois.
The Principal’s Scholars Program (PSP) at the University of Illinois is a statewide mathematics and science initiative that works with parents and teachers to prepare underrepresented and/or disadvantaged students for college by focusing on the development of critical thinking, computational literacy, and higher order thinking skills as a systemic educational reform strategy.
The students worked in pairs to try their hand at rapid prototyping.