PTS demonstrates rapid prototyping to local Principal’s Scholars
The students each created several small plastic objects using a simple stereo lithography system in which a projector creates cross-sections of objects layer by layer. Ten of these devices were set up so that all students, working in pairs, had hands-on access to a machine. PTS members demonstrated how the devices work and helped the students create their objects. This personal interaction between the Principal’s Scholars and PTS members allowed the high school students a peek into the world of studying engineering at Illinois.
The Principal’s Scholars Program (PSP) at the University of Illinois is a statewide mathematics and science initiative that works with parents and teachers to prepare underrepresented and/or disadvantaged students for college by focusing on the development of critical thinking, computational literacy, and higher order thinking skills as a systemic educational reform strategy.