PLAINVIEW, Texas (press release) – The following is a press release from Wayland Baptist University:
The School of Mathematics and Sciences at Wayland Baptist University continues to receive a grant of $ 370,000 awarded to 50 nonprofit organizations and educational institutions by the Xcel Energy Foundation. The grant is intended to benefit organizations that focus on community development initiatives in Xcel Energy’s Texas-New Mexico service area.
The ongoing grant has provided funding for several years to the Wayland 3D Printing Lab. Dr Scott Franklin, professor of mathematics and computer science, said the university was able to better equip the lab with the funding. This year, Wayland received $ 5,000.
David Hudson, president of Xcel Energy – New Mexico, Texas, said in a press release that the grant is intended to benefit science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM)-focused systems and programs.
“Through the Xcel Energy Foundation, we are able to target programs and organizations that do the greatest good and provide local residents with opportunities to learn and grow, which benefits everyone,” said Hudson.
Franklin said the grant will help purchase a computer numerical control (CNC) machine that allows pre-programmed computer software to control tools and machinery in the plant, improving 3D modeling with capabilities precision movement. He said the additional equipment will benefit the local public and students.
“The workshops we run teach middle school, high school and Wayland students how to do 3D modeling, printing and scanning,” Franklin said. “The new grant allows us to have a 3D engraver, a CNC machine, so that we can do even more sophisticated 3D modeling projects. “
The 3D lab has already become a staple of Wayland’s curriculum and plays an important role in extracurricular activities. Franklin runs the Pioneers Makers group which experiments with 3D technology, and he teaches 3D printing courses. The equipment was also used to benefit other organizations on campus and printed personal protective equipment (face shields) for local doctors and nurses during the COVID outbreak in 2020. 3D technology has also been successful. benefited a local Girls Who Code group hosted by Franklin and Wayland in conjunction with the Hale County Literacy Council.
Plans are currently underway for the School of Mathematics and Science to host a weekend workshop for students who want to learn more about 3D modeling. More information on the workshop will be available at a later date.
(Wayland Baptist University press release)