SUNY Orange to Host Three Sessions for High School Students on its Middletown Campus

PHOTO: Rowley CenterMIDDLETOWN, N.Y. -- Area high school students will have the chance to test drive SUNY Orange’s new medium format three-dimensional (3D) printers and learn more about architectural design this summer when the College’s architecture program offers a pair of new camps in the Rowley Center for Science and Engineering on the Middletown campus.

The camps will run from Monday through Thursday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tuition is $229 per week. Contact Pam Rice, assistant professor of architecture, for more information. Parents may register their children online or by contacting the Office of Continuing & Professional Education at (845) 341-4890.

In the 3D Printing Studio workshop (July 11-14), high school students will use easy-to-learn solid modeling programs to explore the process of three-dimensional design and printing. Like industrial designers, you will solve design problems and create solutions. Sketch your ideas on paper, turn your sketch into a digital 3D model, and bring your idea to life through the 3D printing process. Students will solve a variety of small individual design problems and then work together to design, print, and construct a large-scale project to be installed on campus. Throughout the week you’ll take your 3D printed designs home with you!

The Architecture Design Studio (Session 1: June 27-30; Session 2: August 22-25) will introduce students to architecture and design. Students will learn about the design process by creating their own architectural drawings and models and then develop digital renderings of their design using Google Sketch-Up and Photoshop. Throughout the week you will visit architectural offices and architecturally significant buildings on campus to provide inspiration and new ideas. The best part? At week’s end we’ll hold an exhibition of your architectural designs on campus!

The College was able to procure a trio of new 3D printers thanks to support from the SUNY Orange Foundation. The printers are available to a wide cross-section of students and professors from such programs as architecture, biology, engineering science, natural science and the health-related professions.

“The applications for this technology are virtually endless,” says John Wolbeck, chairman of the College’s Science, Engineering and Architecture Department. “Architecture students are able to build micro-scale models of building details, engineering students can co-design projects, and biology students can create copies of fossils that are part of the College collection, for example.

“Many of our colleagues at other community colleges and four-year colleges, as well as some engineers in regional businesses, are surprised to learn our students have this level of cutting-edge equipment available,” Wolbeck adds.

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