West health science students have lesson in 3D printing

West High engineering teacher James Pugh shows health science students how to design a bone in the CAD program that was printed on a 3D printer.
West High engineering teacher James Pugh shows health science students how to design a bone in the CAD program that was printed on a 3D printer.

Students in West High School’s health science class got a hands-on lesson on how 3D printers can help in the medical field. Health science teacher Melody Robinson and engineering teacher James Pugh worked together for a unique cross-curricular project.

The students learned about the skeletal system and how 3D printers are being used to make prosthetics for children and animals. The health science students spent a day in Pugh’s engineering class learning to design their own plastic bone in a CAD program. The design was printed on a 3D printer with their name and a hole for a key ring.

“This is a cool way to enable students to see the connection between Health and Bioengineering. We want to expose them to a wide-open career field,” said Robinson.

“It’s interesting that you can make items that can help people with a 3D printer,” said Jonathan Fonseca, junior at West. “I like how they want us to learn new things.”

Robinson and Pugh plan to team up for future class projects.

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