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High school students have wealth of opportunities in choosing classes

7:07 AM, Mar. 17, 2014
Austin Werner uses a computer to design a strut assembly during the advanced engineering class at Bay Port. With so many class options available in high schools, it is important to help kids discover their interests and strengths.
Austin Werner uses a computer to design a strut assembly during the advanced engineering class at Bay Port. With so many class options available in high schools, it is important to help kids discover their interests and strengths.
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During the first year of high school, most days are filled with required courses, meaning an elective class can be the high point of the day for a freshman. That elective takes on an added dimension when it involves using a 3D printer.

"You start from nothing and make something," said Zach LaCroix, a freshman at Bay Port High School. "I made a phone case for my phone. It was the right dimensions. I could get my phone to fit inside of it."

LaCroix designed his phone case using SolidWorks, a widely used computer-aided design (CAD) software, and then printed it on one of the school's 3D printers. The ...

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