Baldwin teacher leads free 3D printing workshops for kids

Baldwin Community Schools teacher Miguel Quinteros has been leading 3D printing workshops this summer at Sandcastles Children’s Museum in Ludington. 

Baldwin Community Schools teacher Miguel Quinteros has been leading 3D printing workshops this summer at Sandcastles Children’s Museum in Ludington. 

Courtesy of Baldwin Community Schools

BALDWIN — Baldwin Community Schools teacher Miguel Quinteros continues to share his passion for computer science with local students through summer 3D printing workshops.

Quinteros, who teaches Spanish and computer science at Baldwin Jr./Sr. High School, is leading 3D printing workshops at Sandcastles Children’s Museum in Ludington. The first two-day workshop was held in July, with additional workshops planned for August and the fall. The workshops are offered at no cost to children ages 8-12 thanks to a grant from the Community Foundation for Mason County.

“I’m grateful for the opportunity to continue working with students throughout the summer and inspire them to continue their STEM education and pursue careers in which they can utilize these skills,” Quinteros said. “I especially encourage girls to get interested and involved in STEM education as there are too few women in the fields of science, technology, engineering and math.”

At the workshops, participants learn how to use the free, web-based application Tinkercad to create 3D designs. Participants design their own personalized keychains and learn how to print them on the 3D printer. They also learn how to use block code and create circuits in the design application, concepts they could later use to design more complex creations, like a robot.

“We are proud to have teachers like Miguel on our staff, who go above and beyond to inspire our students and prepare them for college and careers,” Baldwin Superintendent David Forrester said. “It is important for students to stay engaged throughout the summer so they can hit the ground running when school resumes.”