Camp Teaches Students Entrepreneurial Skills & Applications of 3D Printing in High-Tech Operations

High school students in greater Tampa bay area are set to vicariously embark on a space mission to help astronauts 3D print parts for a robotic arm using additive manufacturing techniques while gaining understanding of the entrepreneurial process.
TAMPA, Fla. - July 27, 2015 - PRLog -- High school students in the greater Tampa bay area are set to get a ‘hands-on, minds-on’ overview of complex, everyday high-tech operations using 3D printing and robotics at the robotics & engineering summer camp. The camp will be held July 27-31 at the student services building at Hillsborough Community College in Brandon, and is hosted by FLATE, the Florida-based, National Science Foundation Regional Center of Excellence.

Curriculum for the high school engineering & robotics camp is based on a fun concept whereby students will be tasked to help astronauts on a space mission. Campers will 3D print parts for a robotic arm using Solidworks, Arduino microprocessors, servo motors and additive manufacturing techniques to design a functional robotic arm while gaining an understanding of the entrepreneurial process. They will learn how to program an Arduino microprocessor to operate servo motors, and troubleshoot the design to manufacture a prototype of a tool that could be used in space. Campers will also learn about the pros, cons and costs of using 3D printing in space and manufacturing custom tools to create a sustainable living environment in space.

WHAT:    Robotics & Engineering Camp for High School Students

WHERE:  Hillsborough Community College-Brandon

Camp Schedule:

July 27: Overview of Advanced Manufacturing, SolidWorks and 3D Printing in Space

July 28: Manufacturing process using Arduino, Servo motors & SolidWorks

July 29: Made in Florida Industry tour to Chromalloy Castings in Tampa

July 30: Assembling of the robotic arms. Video of finished product at

July 31: Final Student Presentations demonstrating robotic arm prototypes

With the support of Nuts, Bolts, and Thingamajigs®(NBT), the Foundation for the Fabricators and Manufacturers Association, the High School campers will take home the Arduino microprocessors and 3D printed projects that they manufacture during the camp. For more information, or contact Desh Bagley, outreach manager/camp director at and Dr. Marilyn Barger, executive director of FLATE at, or visit at, and

EDITOR’S NOTE: Campers and camp administrators will be available for interviews. Opportunity for photo and video coverage will also be available.

Desh Bagley
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