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3D Academy and STEM Program are Holding a Workshop on the Mighty Mo May 23rd


(Honolulu, Hawaii), May 20, 2011 In Hawaii, it is critical to continue focusing on the development and performance of the youth in their academics.  The rise of STEM, (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) based programs allow Hawaii’s youth the opportunity to explore STEM fields and develop skills that will provide them with the tools for the brightest future.  3D Academy believes that the youth of Hawaii are the future, students who deserve to be educated and given the opportunity to succeed.  On Monday May 23, 2011 at 9:00am, a 3D Computer-Aided Design (CAD) and Pre-Engineering/Design workshop for the students of King Intermediate will be held at the Battleship Missouri Memorial, when the students will have a historic tour of the many features and will see how STEM is directly integrated with some aspects of the Missouri. 


Dan Parsons, Education Director of the memorial has partnered with STEM and 3D Academy in order to make these workshops on the Missouri possible.  “When the students can get out of the classroom and step aboard this ship, they realize that this is living history as well as real world technology.  The learning becomes all the more valuable to the students and teachers,” shares Dan.  One student from the previous 3D CAD workshop said, “We learned a lot on the Missouri and now understand how what I am learning about STEM applies to the real world.” 


The 3D CAD training workshops were first held on the Missouri in February 2011 for the students of Castle High School.  The workshop taking place on May 23rd will follow the same structure as the previous one.  The students will go on the historic tour, followed by the workshop.  The intent of these workshops is to integrate and engage students in the aspects of STEM and how they are related to CAD, specifically design and engineering.  Utilizing software and hardware tools is one of the focuses for the workshop that helps to create a better understanding of how to create designs that are functional, and to provide a method of prototyping and testing to validate their designs.  “We take certain parts of the ship and create lessons based on their purpose and functionality so students can relate how their core science and math courses are integrated with all aspects of STEM,” explains Collin Kobayashi, 3D Academy President.  At the end of the workshop, students will be able to use 3D CAD software to create and document designs of specific parts of the ship and do analytical testing to see how these parts perform.


3D Academy is driven to provide 3D CAD training programs that engage, excite, and introduce students/teachers to STEM through the engineering process.  The training workshop on the Missouri takes actual engineering concepts and puts them into context that allows the students to investigate the design process, understand why certain materials are used, and why the design was created. 


“Like many in the technological industry, I believe that educating Hawaii’s students will positively impact the community.  We need to develop our work force and I am dedicated to providing students with the opportunity to learn the intricacies of the engineering process and provide them with transferable skills that can be used in their career path,” explains Collin Kobayashi. 


3D Academy, a division of 3D Innovations, is committed to furthering the integration of 3D CAD (Computer-Aided Design) and Engineering/Design technology at all levels of instruction.  The goal of our Training Courses is to introduce and maintain the power of 3D modeling technology to students and teachers in the classroom, to support the Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) and Robotics programs.  For more information about 3D Academy, please visit

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Comment by Cameron Souza on May 24, 2011 at 6:31pm
This sounds like a great initiative to help Hawaii's students get excited about STEM. Keep up the great work!
Comment by Daniel Leuck on May 20, 2011 at 6:02pm
Its great to see tech organizations promoting STEM in our schools. Good luck with the workshop!


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