RCOA is picking up STEAM

STEAM is an acronym for “Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics”

In November, nine RCOA High School (8 – 12) Learners enjoyed a 3Day workshop led by Wolf Schmitz of www.compucad.ca.   Mr. Schmitz led our learners in a crash course on the software program Autodesk Inventor® 3D CAD software.  This program allows learners to design and simulate a design before it’s made.  During these three days of face to face sessions, learners were guided through the construction of a chess rook.  In between the three face to face days, learners were offered video tutorial support.  The finished projects were then printed on a 3D Printer and distributed as a keep sake to the learners.  

In between the three face to face days, learners were offered video tutorial support.  The finished projects were then printed on a 3D Printer and distributed as a keep sake to the learners.

It is our goal to expand this into a full series of classes that run September to May in Victoria on our club calendar during the 2018/19 school year.  During part two of this STEAM opportunity, learners will engage in designing, analyzing, and manufacturing their own unique race car.  They will start by modeling their cars in Autodesk Inventor. They will then test and refine their design to prepare for 3D printing.  When all is set in the Autodesk software, each participant will print 3D model.  The race car will be theirs to keep.

Feedback from the learners after this first three day chess rook STEAM opportunity was very positive.  They are very much looking forward to part two in the fall of 2018: The Race Car.  Watch for more details when enrolment for the new school year opens in the spring. 

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