Fayette County


McIntosh student wins use of 3D printer for class for a year

(L to R) Chris Schier with Stratasys who supplied the 3D printer, Brooks Baro, the student who won the contest holds up his winning design, Matthew Gambill with Georgia Associates for Career & Technical Education, and Larry Singleton, McIntosh High School teacher. (Staff Photo by Christopher Dunn)

Thanks to a contest-winning entry from one driven Chief, a group of McIntosh students will get the opportunity to see their projects come to life.

Brooks Baro’s victory in a national student trophy design contest hosted by the Association for Career and Technical Education (ACTE) is bringing a 3D printer to McIntosh for one year, along with a $1,000 scholarship for Baro. The trophy made from his design will be given to national winners at ACTE’s annual VISION conference this winter.

ACTE and Stratasys are presenting a 3D printer to be used in the classroom of Larry Singleton, Baro’s teacher who teaches architectural drawing and design and AP computer science.

“I just put my mind to the design, and it worked out,” said Baro, whose dream job would be to design drones for the military or design cars. “It’s really exciting.”

The printer will go a long way towards helping students see their vision come to fruition.

“The 3D printer will open up great opportunities for the students to see an actual prototype of what they’ve designed,” said Singleton. “It’s very important that they can do that because, if they stop when they’ve completed a design and don’t see the final product or prototype, it’s not as fulfilling as when you can really see your work and hold it and touch it.”

Matthew Gambill, Executive Director for Georgia Associates for Career & Technical Education, celebrated the positive impact Baro’s victory, a first for a student from the state, will have on his classmates.

“To get to be here today and recognize one of the students at McIntosh for his winning design is just an awesome thing, not only for Fayette, not only for McIntosh, but for the state of Georgia,” said Gambill, calling CTE classes a win-win for both college- or vocation-bound students. “The experience that they have here might orient them to a particular area they pursue at college that helps them be successful in the workforce, or they’re going to learn a skill here that one day they will use in whatever career they pursue.”

Gambill noted that students in CTE classes have a 95 percent graduation rate.

“Encouraging students to pursue this is great.”

Lisa Collins, Director of Career & Technical Education for Fayette County Public Schools, agreed that the classes help make the students much more prepared to be college and career ready.

“It truly gives them a competitive edge.”

The Association for Career and Technical Education (ACTE) is the nation’s largest not-for-profit group committed to advancing education that prepares youth and adults for successful careers.

By Christopher Dunn

Managing Editor Christopher Dunn has been with the Fayette County News since 2011, in addition to running Fayette Victory magazine. He is a graduate of Fayette County schools, as well as a graduate of Georgia State University with a degree in journalism. Follow him on twitter @fayettesports.