Havelock High teacher gets CenturyLink grant

Havelock High teacher Mark Smith, right explains the process of 3D printing.

Havelock High teacher Mark Smith explains the process of 3D printing to CherylLynn LeRoy and Derek Kelly, of CenturyLink.

Ken Buday/Havelock News
Published: Monday, June 9, 2014 at 11:43 AM.

Engineering and design students don’t often get the opportunity to see their creations come to life.

However, with the help of a $5,000 CenturyLink Teachers and Technology grant, students at Havelock High will get that chance.

“I’m just as pleased as I can be,” said teacher Mark Smith, who received the grant. “It’s very exciting.

Smith received one of 20 CenturyLink statewide grants. The money will be used for the purchase of a three-dimensional printer and digitizer.

“It’s got dual heads so we’ll be able to print two colors and make bigger items,” Smith said.

The printer will allow students to actually see what they have designed.

“The student has a concept. They put that into the 3D software, and we teach them how to do that. Then they can see that concept come to life,” Smith said. “It’s that extra step in the process where they can see what they’ve made.”

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