The Yuma Library Foundation, a 501(c)(3) non-profit foundation, purchased two 3D printers in an effort to keep up with the demand from students interested in hard sciences. STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) programs have gained ground throughout the country for kids to develop advanced skills in critical areas. The purpose of the 3D printers is to put science into the hands of students in a very unique way.
Each 3D printer costs just under $700 and was provided by the Yuma Library Foundation. The librarians utilize a website called ThingAVerse.com to download designs to print. They are offering workshops to students and adults to allow people to utilize this state-of-the-art technology. One of the workshops, 3D modeling for teens, offers a hands-on approach to utilize the software and printer. Keep an eye on the Library Events Calendar for more information on upcoming workshops.