The Making STEM program is a 3D-design and 3D-printing class that teaches skills critical to success in future STEM careers (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics). Students learn how to utilize design thinking to enhance their creativity and then use 3D printing to build their inventions.
All classes are taught by Making STEM founder Kevin Hardin who is an experienced mechanical engineer and teacher, with a Bachelor’s in ME and a Master’s in Education. He shares his technical background and passion for building in a way that is fun and easy to understand. Meet your instructor!
SMALL CLASS SIZE
Extremely small classes sizes maximum individual attention while encouraging collaboration and teamwork. Spots are extremely limited so be sure to Start Your Application Today!
3D LIGHT SCULPTURES
Students unleash their creativity while building beautiful sculptures using 3D design and 3D printing. Learn to use the design tools of the future to create a truly unique work of art.
Students combine their creativity with 3D printing and laser cutting to build a truly unique work of art that they take home at the end of class.
Learn how to use the 3D CAD program ‘OnShape’ to design complex geometric designs
Use 3D printing and laser cutting to turn designs into reality
Each class students will learn new skills, update and edit their designs, and build additional components and features of their project
summer class schedule - (dates below)
Monday through Thursday
9:30 am - 3:30 pm
6th Grade - 11th Grade
MakerPlace | 1022 W. Morena Blvd | San Diego, CA 92110
$795 / Program (Includes all materials to build and take home your custom project)
CLASSES FILL UP FAST. don’t miss out!
summer session 1:
Monday June 17th
Tuesday June 18th
Wednesday June 19th
Thursday June 20th
summer session 2:
Monday July 8th
Tuesday July 9th
Wednesday July 10th
Thursday July 11th
summer session 3:
Monday July 22nd
Tuesday July 23rd
Wednesday July 24th
Thursday July 25th
What will students build?
Students will design a 3D geometric light sculpture which they will take home at the end of the program. They will design a custom lamp shade using 3D CAD and then use laser cutting and 3D printing to turn their idea into reality. The project will be both functional and beautiful and their unique light will be able to be used for many years to come.
What will students learn?
Our program is an intense learning experience designed for high-achieving and talented students. They will learn the fundamentals of 3D design using the program OnShape. Students will learn how to set up and operate laser cutters and 3D printers to turn their digital designs into physical objects. Our program is designed to enhance student creativity by using design thinking and creative problem solving.
What technology will they use?
Students will have access to over $100,000 of state of the art manufacturing equipment including industrial laser cutters and 3D printers. Laptop computers are provided so students can create 3D designs. Students will also use digital photography to document their learning and building process.
Why are classes so small?
Our program is designed such that students design and build a truly unique and personalized project. Classes are intentionally kept small in order to maximize individual student attention and access to all building tools, while fostering a collaborative learning environment among the group.
What will students need to bring?
For safety and lab regulations students will need to wear closed toed shoes and long pants. Long or loose hair should be tied back. Very loose or baggy clothing will not be permitted. Safety glasses will be provided along with all materials needed to complete their project. Computers are also provided, however students are welcome to bring their own laptop if available/preferred.
Students will need to bring a bagged lunch for our summer programs. A morning snack will also be provided.
Why is the program more expensive than others?
Our program is action packed from start to finish as students design and build a unique project. Class sizes are kept very small and students have access to advanced technology such as laser cutters and 3D printers. We pride ourselves in providing the best quality technology training and pushing students to reach their maximum creative and technical abilities.
why does my student need to complete an application?
It is important that students are a good fit for our program and they are excited to learn about 3D design and 3D printing. The application process is taken very seriously due to having so few spots open per class. We encourage you to work on the application with your student, but we would like the answers to primarily come from the student.