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Sunday, October 7 • 10:45am - 11:25am
Importance of Digital Fabrication in High School PBL Environments

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This panel will discuss the importance of using digital fabrication and rapid prototyping machines to help students in a high school setting prepare for project-based learning environments at many engineering universities. The panel consists of four unique collaborators; a university engineering design instructor and public school advocate, an engineering instructor with a unique connection to STEM education and the high school where he now teaches, and two female high school students who actively participate in their school's engineering courses and maker club. They will discuss their experiences with the digital fabrication equipment recommended by a local, leading university makerspace staff. The panelists will elaborate on the importance for public schools, universities, and businesses to collaborate on the implementation and use of industry-standard fabrication machinery. There will be a brief welcome and thank you; explaining the use of padlet (CLICK HERE) for the Q&A session, followed by an introduction of the presenters, our topic, the scope, and the goal of our panel presentation. Panelists will make initial comments about the overarching topic, the Importance of Digital Fabrication Engagement in HS PBL Environments, before answering the moderator's questions and questions submitted via padlet.

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Conner Bolen

Engineering Teacher, Durham Public Schools
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Adam Davidson

Engineering Instructor, Riverside High School/Durham Public Schools
Adam W. Davidson teaches at Riverside high school in Durham, NC. He is an Ultimaker Pioneer and STEM in the Park's 2018 STEM Educator of the Year. He oversees the development of Riverside's engineering program's Fab Lab and is a lead staff member for Riverside's engineering program... Read More →
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Carpenter, Haley

Student, Riverside High School
Haley Carpenter is a junior in a high school engineering program. She is proficient in 3D modeling, CAD, and 3D printing. Her passions include field hockey, prosthetics, and the outdoors. She hopes to merge her passions, and use her knowledge of 3D printing and modeling to create... Read More →
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Kiyoko Takahashi

Student, Riverside High School
Kiyoko Takahashi, a junior in a high school engineering program, has become proficient in CAD, 3D modeling, and slicing software. She has learned to use industry standard fabrication tools including a CNC router, 3D printers, and a laser cutter/engraver. She helped plan an upcoming... Read More →
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Glenn Walters

Professor of Practice and BeAM Senior Advisor, UNC BeAM
Glenn Walters is teaching faculty in the Department of Applied Physical Sciences at UNC Chapel Hill and is the director of the BeAM Design Center, a design and fabrication facility that specializes in the development of unique tools and instrumentation for research.  He is also a... Read More →

Sunday October 7, 2018 10:45am - 11:25am EDT
Conference Room A