Twenty-Six Students from Five Local High Schools Completed a One-Week Camp

Students gained hands-on experience in Engineering Graphics/CAD, 3D Printing, Machining, Welding, and Architecture.

In June 2017, CCD’s Advanced Manufacturing Center hosted a camp for young women from surrounding Denver high schools.

Project DIY, a summer camp funded by the Women’s Foundation of Colorado, focuses on engaging high school grade girls’ interest in pursuing Advanced Manufacturing / STEM careers. Twenty-six students from five local high schools completed one-week camps in which they gained hands-on experience in Engineering Graphics/CAD, 3D Printing, Machining, Welding, and Architecture. The goal of Project DIY is to foster and encourage female engagement in advanced manufacturing and STEM careers. This year’s camp themes were “We Can Do It” and “Do It Yourself!”

Participating schools included East High School, CEC Middle College, Arrupe Jesuit, Thomas Jefferson, and Denver Center for International Studies. The first part of each day consisted of team- and confidence-building activities and learning information on college. The camp participants went on four different industry tours: RNLDesign, Sundyne Corp., Eldon James, and Clear Intentions. Female guest speakers provided powerful presentations about how women are paving the way in STEM/Advanced Manufacturing careers.

In addition, all camp participants participated in 3D printing, machining and welding projects. The camp ended with a graduation ceremony for family, friends, and community partners to showcase the students’ learning. View more details and a breakdown of each day at the camp.