New Matter donates 3D printers to the Columbia Memorial Space Center in Downey – California News

New Matter donates 3D printers to the Columbia Memorial Space Center in Downey – California News


Students at the Columbia Memorial Space Center in Downey are getting hands-on experience with 3D printers with help from New Matter.

The Pasadena-based company just donated five of its MOD-t 3D printers to the facility’s Challenger Learning Center as part of the initial phase of a recently announced Challenger Center-New Matter partnership.

The printers have already been integrated into the center’s 3D printing summer camp, where they’ve been used to help teach the basics of 3D printing as well as 3D designing and prototyping. The Downey center also plans to integrate them into its Girls in STEM club and its Saturday Science programs which allow guests of the facility to explore technology with hands-on experiences.

Critical and creative thinkers

The center is looking to ignite a community of critical and creative thinkers through world-class programs, inclusive events and engaging exhibits. Serving as the national memorial to the Space Shuttle Columbia and the crew of STS-107, the center is both a space museum and hands-on learning center. The Columbia broke apart as it returned to earth on Feb. 1, 2003, killing its seven-member crew.

The Challenger Center-New Matter partnership is designed to broaden STEM education through the placement of MOD-t 3D printers at Challenger Centers across the country.

“There are just over 40 of the centers, including a couple in other countries,” said Steve Schell, New Matter’s cofounder and CEO. “In this initial phase we’re donating printers to three of the centers. We did one in San Antonio in June, then this one and we’re also doing a third one which we’ll announce…

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