When PARI got its first 3D printer over a decade ago, our educators set out to find a way to combine it with space science. With practice, experimentation, and some help from our friends, 3D Planets began a few years later in 2015.
3D printers are continue to grow in use and find new uses in science and technology, and space exploration, and we’re excited to offer our next round of 3D Planets programs and camps.
3D Planets is a camp experience designed to immerse students in Planetary Geography, 3D Modeling and Printing, Three Dimensional Spatial Reasoning, and Communication.
With real data about the surface of the Moon, Mars, and beyond, what will you investigate?
Evidence of an ancient river that gives hints about an environment from long ago?
Volcanos and lava flows that shaped the terrain? 🌋
Craters left by violent impacts bearing the name of a famous scientist or mathematician?
Campers learn how to access and use data collected by spacecraft about the surface of other planets and moons. They will understand the processes by which it is collected and what it means.
They will be able to find and identify geographical and geological features and regions and find evidence of what formed them and how old they are. Earth isn’t the only place with volcanoes, rifts, ancient rivers, and glaciers.
Systems like latitude and longitude will be applied to other bodies in our solar system and we will discuss how they can be adjusted to fit places other than Earth. We’ll relate them to axis in a 3D modeling system and learn how to represent real places in a virtual space.
Campers will use hands-on models, computer software, 3D printers, and real NASA provided data to conduct their research and produce their models.
Our large radio telescopes will be used to demonstrate and understand how the data that spacecraft and satellites collect is transmitted to Earth and collected to it can be used.
PARI’s emphasis on community and teamwork enables campers to establish friendships that last a lifetime. Many campers from this program return as interns and counselors.
Campers will participate in fun and engaging recreational activities built to encourage social comradery and confidence while exploring the spectacular Pisgah Forest and Blue Ridge Mountain region.
Surrounded by natural beauty in a forest perfect for adventure
PARI embraces our unique location with plenty of time outside of the classroom too.