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Ligonier Valley to buy 3D printer for students |

Ligonier Valley to buy 3D printer for students

| Tuesday, April 15, 2014 12:01 a.m

The Ligonier Valley school board approved two technology-related measures at its meeting on Monday night.

The board voted unanimously to purchase a uPrint SE 3D printer from Allegheny Educational Systems Inc. at a cost of $16,344.50.

High school Principal Tim Kantor said the device will allow students in teacher Thomas Bridge’s architectural drafting and computer-aided design drafting classes to design and print 3D objects. The printer makes objects using spools of a plastic-like material, he said.

Additionally, the board unanimously approved implementing Zulama skills courses at the high school during the 2014-15 and 2015-16 school years at a cost of $23,600, which will be paid for through the school’s 21st Century Education grant from the Richard King Mellon Foundation.

Zulama is a tech-savvy curriculum program developed at Carnegie Mellon University’s Entertainment Technology Center. This semester, the high school premiered Zulama’s foundation course, which focuses on the history of games. The added skills courses will include game programming, game design, three-dimensional modeling, screen writing and mobile game design.

Kantor hopes to eventually use the 3D printer in Zulama courses as well, such as the three-dimensional modeling course, which will be taught by Bridge.

“As we’re moving more into the STEAM curriculum, this is seamless,” Kantor said of the high-tech printer. “This goes right into it.”

Nicole Chynoweth is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. She can be reached at 724-850-2862 or

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