Gannon University Engineering Students Help High School Students Build Low-Cost 3-D Printers

Posted: July 26, 2017

Fifty high school students from Erie County who are building low-cost 3-D printers with help from Gannon University engineering students will demonstrate their work July 26 from 2-4 p.m. in the Zurn Science Center, 143 W. Seventh St.

The printers were assembled from parts sourced by the Gannon students that cost only $130 and will print objects as large as 8 inches by 8 inches. The students will keep the printers they assemble as the capstone of a summer math and science program.

The Gannon engineering students, through their GUBotDev organization, extend their expertise beyond their own classrooms and into the community. GUBotDev, short for the Gannon University Robotic Development Group

During the academic year, the program offers bimonthly workshops, tutoring, SAT/ACT prep, college access activities and multiple Saturday day trips to math and science venues. Students spend six weeks of the summer in an on-campus residential academic institute at Gannon where they are exposed to college life, challenging classwork and lab projects, and interact with college faculty and current college students. Dual enrollment courses at Gannon University are offered free of charge.