After donating more than 700 hours and $30,000 in materials and 3D printing time to build the newest addition to the STARBASE facility in St. Paul, Minn., Stratasys was honored Thursday, July 18, with STARBASE’s annual Giving Wings to Dreams Award. This award is given to community partners who go above and beyond to help STARBASE achieve their mission of educating and inspiring Twin Cities youth in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math). Past recipients of the award include: Northwest Airlines, 3M, Medtronic, Microsoft and Boston Scientific.
“It’s everything we hoped for,” said Kim Van Wie, Executive Director at STARBASE, of the huge rocket thruster display, which was designed by a STARBASE instructor and 3D printed on a large-scale Stratasys 3D Printer. The rocket now hangs from the ceiling in the main lobby at STARBASE, giving kids a glimpse of what’s to come as they begin their week-long program.
“Stratasys has helped us exceed kids’ own expectations of the STARBASE experience and show them just how exciting STEM is.”
STARBASE Minnesota is largely funded by the Department of Defense and sponsored by the Minnesota National Guard. It was established in 1993 and operates to this day as a non-profit educational organization serving nearly 4,000 students each year. The program’s aerospace-themed curriculum provides a technology-rich environment that includes a chance for the kids to design and create their own functional model rockets and to plan mock trips to explore Mars.
“The addition of CAD and 3D printing have made the single most pivotal impact on the STARBASE curriculum, allowing us to take our programs to a whole new level, and we wouldn’t have been able to do it without the partnership and inkind support of Stratasys,” said Brigadier General John Silliman, STARBASE Board of Directors, during the award presentation on Thursday, July 18.
“We wanted to have that wow-factor when students entered our building, and the rocket has helped us accomplish that. This will be enjoyed by thousands of students and hundreds of adults, too, each year.”
For more information on STARBASE Minnesota, please visit www.starbasemn.org.