A 3D Printer Becomes a Valuable Classroom Tool
When life gives you lemons, you...start a fundraiser to buy a 3D printer and make robots. At least, that's what Chris Champion did when he discovered that his students could not build their robots due to unavailable parts.
The Computer Information Systems program at Cumberland Perry AVTS is all about computers, specifically how to program them, so the idea to have students practice programming by making 'bots is a great way to offer some hands-on learning. But as students became more involved with their creations, and as parts became less simple to come by, Mr. Champion decided to start a fundraiser not to simply purchase the parts, but to purchase a 3D printer capable of making the parts.
Through the DonorsChoose.org education fundraising site, the CIS program managed to raise over $2,400 of the $2,500 needed to buy the printer--and the printer company donated the rest. With this impressive new piece of technology, students were able to create the parts they needed as well as pieces for other projects. And of course, they also receive a hands-on introduction to 3D printing technology and modeling programs to boot.
The acquisition of the printer is by no means the end of the story. Earlier this month, a team of students from Mr. Champion's class entered one of these robot projects into the annual Nanoline Contest sponsored by Phoenix Contact, a company based in Germany with offices in Middletown. Entrants used Phoenix Nanoline's control system to move obstacles as they manouvered their robot through a maze; the CPAVTS team came in second.
From simple experimentation with robots to manning a 3D printer and entering a robotics contest, students in the Computer Information Systems program are clearly not lacking hands-on training. With this new piece
of technology in their hands, there can be plenty more experimentation in the future. Congratulations to the team on their success at Nanoline!
Photos of the bot produced by the MakerBot 3D printer:
Program Spotlight - HVAC
Program Spotlight - HVAC
Mr. John Pokrivka, our HVAC (Heating, Ventilation, Air Conditioning) instructor, came to us with 13 years of experience as a service technician in air conditioning and refrigeration. He has been educating students at CPAVTS for 21 years. This is what he has to say about the program:
What is the most significant new or different aspect to your program this year? "Involvement of outside professionals, such as Remco, demonstrating electronic controls, as well as students having the opportunity to attend industry training after school by companies like Makdad is a positive recent addition to our program.”
What particular training/unit do employers seek that helps students get their foot in the door? “EPA Universal and OSHA 10”......
Cooperative Education Spotlight-Kyle Potteiger
Kyle Potteiger, a senior from Susquenita High School, is currently employed by Art Communication Systems Inc., through the Cooperative Education program here at CPAVTS. Kyle attends Susquenita until 11:30am each school day and then rushes off to his first real world work experience within the Graphic Communications Industry. Upon his arrival, he meets with the site foreman to find his daily tasks. His daily routine is very seldom the same, one day working in the press room, the next in the bindery department, and the next in the mailroom. After two years of training and simulation in the classroom, his instructor felt he was ready to enter the workforce. A few phone calls early in the school year by his Graphic Communications instructor, Mr. Atticks, helped land an interview for Kyle. From there, Kyle prepared for the interview, landed the position and has been a member of the ACS team ever since. Kyle states that he loves being involved in all aspects of the job and it sure beats sitting behind a school desk. With graduation quickly approaching, Kyle is already setting the groundwork for full time employment, doing what he wants to do!
Catching up with ..... Kim (Zack) McBride '83
Kim (Zack) McBride, Class of 1983, Commercial Art
Program: Commercial Art (now called Advertising Art and Design)
Sending School District: Cumberland Valley
Year of Graduation: 1983
Since leaving Cumberland Perry I worked for 12 years as a graphic designer in the Harrisburg area. I started on co-op at Myers Associates and worked my way up to jobs at Balloon City USA, Harness Horse Magazine and TV Host Magazine while taking computer art classes at HACC.
Currently I am teaching Advertising Art & Design at SUN Area Technical Institute in New Berlin, PA.
CPAVTS helped me discover my talents and how to make a living in a career that I love.
What I remember most about my time at CPAVTS is my instructor, Mr. Frank Lentz. He taught me to use my creativity to solve problems while working for a client in a design atmosphere. The best designers are those that can harness their creativity for use in a business world.
The funniest memory I have is when another student placed his exacto knife on the angled drawing tabletop and it rolled off and stuck into his thigh. That’s probably inappropriate, but if you knew the guy this happened to, you would’ve laughed also!
Students Participate in Meals on Wheels
The Worship House Church of God in Mechanicsburg has been reaching out to the community via their Meals on Wheels operations, even during this cold and snowy winter. Of the 183 volunteers currently lending a hand, two are students in the Cumberland Perry AVTS Culinary program: Josh Arvey and Lydia Anderson.
One day each week, the two students travel to the Church of God to help prepare the many meals for delivery later that day. "I like how everyone works together, and they're a lot of fun," Arvey said. "It doesn't feel like we're cooking for 100 people."
While Arvey mainly helps cook, Anderson also helps with packaging items for delivery, like juice. Anderson has been participating in the Meals on Wheels program since last fall. "[I remember] for Christmas they had me make so many dumplings--like, 200 dumplings," she said. But despite the sheer quantity of food they and other volunteers are making and the number of people involved, Anderson noted, "They're all a family."
The Mechanicsburg Meals on Wheels program serves home-bound seniors aged 60 and older in five municipalities besides Mechanicsburg Borough, including Upper Allen and Silver Spring Townships. Everyone involved deserves great praise for their hard work, but Cumberland Perry AVTS is especially proud of these two students' dedication!