Girls Inc and Medical Makers at Keyano College

Posted On Wednesday October 27, 2021

Medical Makers, BrainSTEM Alliance, and Girls Inc. held two virtual 3D printing workshops on Saturday, October 23 in Keyano College’s newly renovated Physics Lab. The workshops were a part of the Girls Inc Operation SMART/Reaching SMART initiatives. Over zoom sessions, participants learned about 3D printing through hands-on design work and participated in a virtual tour of our 3D printing facilities. 

Operation SMART, the morning workshop, was offered to girls who take part in regularly scheduled Girls Inc./BrainSTEM events and introduced them to the concepts of 3D printing and the use of CAD software. Participants created 3D designs that will be printed on Keyano’s 3D printers in the coming weeks. 

During the afternoon workshop, Reaching SMART, participants from Fort McMurray First Nation 468 learned about 3D printing and also produce 3D designs for printing. In addition, guest speaker Kim Coppard introduced participants to the practice of bead work.

Also on hand during the workshops were the Keyano members of Medical Makers, Girls Inc Executive Director Nanase Tonda, Girls Inc workshop leaders Abigail Falvey and Hanna Alexander, and Dr. Julielynn Wong, the CEO of Medical Makers. Dr. Julielynn Wong hosted presentations on medical applications of 3D printing during each workshop. Keyano members of Medical Makers, Jean-Pierre De Villiers, Robert Changirwa, and Tamar Richards-Thomas were on hand, and will print the designs produced by the participants during the workshops.