Judging best projects at Steam 3D Hackathon
StoryMetropolitan King County Councilmember Kathy Lambert was one of several judges at the August 22 student 3D printing hackathon exhibition at the University of Washington’s Bothell campus.
Organized by the school and Creative for Children the goal of the Steam 3D Hackathon was to challenge students ages 8-18 to develop 3D printed solutions to help schools solve common problems that may not get attention due to budget or other constraints.
More than 50 students developed 10 new products throughout the day. A total of five teams were recognized for their projects, with “Don’t Kiss the Frog,” an effort to reduce the number of sick days caused by bacteria-infested water fountains, selected as the top project.
Councilmember Lambert said, “It was such a great experience, observing the creativity of the students and seeing 3D printing technology. All-in-all, it was an amazing day and I am so encouraged by our students’ enthusiasm, intellect, creativity, collaboration and embrace of technology!
“I was impressed by the creativity of the students. It was difficult to choose a winner due to the many great designs produced. 3D printing gives students another technology tool and provides many advantages.”