RE: Students Awed by Technology & Career Opportunities

Date: Thu Sep 12 2002 - 09:04:48 EEST

Hi Carl,

I am really charmed about your activity that you did at grade school. Many times I have tried to tell people in Turkey (most of them were engineer ) the Rapid Prototyping Technologies on the world but really many of them did not understand a bit about the technology since they lost their imagination ability.

The idea of teaching the kids the future technologies is really a good idea that all the leading companies have to support this idea.

Today the kids are much different than the childhood of our generation. They all are computer oriented and playing with ready (factory produced) toys. In my childhood we were making our toys by ourselves like scooter (so it is called now), kites, small wooden cars etc. etc. But now the kids find everything ready and they do not live the excitement and fun of producing a toy to play. New generation is coming with courteous hands!!!!

I kindly ask for this books' copy for me too, if it is possible to send via e-mail.

thanks to Carl that made me excited with such an interesting event.

Regards all

Mehmet SALIM

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Well said! I have been going to my daughters grade school for 3 years now
doing a demo on phase change using polyurethanes and rubber molds and of
course masters made from SL and other technologies. Up until last year I
did the demo for one class of about 26 students and the entire 3rd grade
decided they wanted the demo as well. Last year there were over 150 kids
and each one had a million questions. It is VERY refreshing to be involved
in such an event. At previous years demos I made a small PU figure of a
character my daughter came up with called Clarence the Clayosaurus (the
original figure was made of clay). At last years event I passed out a book
where Shelby (my daughter) and Clarence tell how StereoLithography works.
Attached to each book was a stereolithography figure of Clarence. The kids
ate it up! The demo ends with a race between myself and the teachers using
a foaming PU that (at least, last year) was colored to match red, white and
blue. We mixed the to liquids and the winner is determined by the height of
the resulting solid. There are a million ways to reach kids with this stuff
and in my case it was the thinking of a fresh out of college teacher in my
then 3rd graders class.

More information about Clarence can be found on my personal website at:

Karl R. Denton
Lead Engineer
RP and Casting Operations
Williams International

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