Huntsville City Schools team up with AMRDEC to provide students with 3D additive manufacturing skills

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HUNTSVILLE, Ala. - The Huntsville City Schools is teaming up with the U.S. Army Aviation and Missile Research, Development and Engineering Center or AMRDEC in a new educational partnership to collaborate in STEM related programs like an advanced manufacturing program.

Students will be able to work in the area of additive manufacturing, which refers to the type of technologies that build 3D component by adding a material, such as plastic, concrete, or metal, one layer at a time. Huntsville City Schools has an industrial, state-of-the-art 3D titanium printer for the advanced manufacturing programs at Grissom and Jemison High School.

Huntsville City Schools Superintendent Casey Wardynski said that this new agreement will allow students to prepare a pathway for the future, by using leading edge technology and working with real world situations.

"This is a very valuable partnership for the school system," Wardynski said. "This genre will be advanced manufacturing, computer-aided design and working with advanced materials such as carbon fiber and 3D printing using resins and metals."

This new partnership will help to promote academic achievement in preparation for global workforce competitiveness and is expected to strengthen student, educator and engineering education capabilities.

"This is a huge win-win for the local community," AMRDEC Executive Director James Lackey said. "Under the great strategic vision of Dr. Wardynski, he has recognized additive manufacturing as a real technology game changer and an advanced area of study where we can educate and enlighten our youth to develop interests in STEM careers."