When the White House Student Film Festival rolls on Friday, Baltimore-area students using 3D printers will be among the stars.
“Pay it Forward,” a film made by Perryville Middle School students and the Digital Harbor Foundation, is among the selections that will be shown live on the web (and at 1600 Pennsylvania Ave.) at 1 p.m.
The film spotlights students from the school, as well as the Digital Harbor Foundation. The Perryville students described their experience receiving a 3D printer and starting their own business through DHF’s Perpetual Innovation (Pi) Fund.
The Federal Hill-based makerspace launched the initiative earlier this year as a way to spread technology education and entrepreneurship. Through the program, school groups can receive 3D printers. The expectation is that they will start a business to help pay for the 3D printer, which in turn provides funding for another group to receive one.
DHF’s Darius McCoy, whose 3D printer made an appearance at the White House last year, is also featured. McCoy helped mentor the Perryville students.
The short film was one of 15 selected out of 1,500 submissions from around the country.
DHF will also have a student in the White House Science Fair on Monday, March 23. Sierra Seabrease dazzles visitors of the Tech Center with her digital jukebox. Now, she’ll have a chance to show off the creation to the First Family.
Made using an upright piano, the jukebox is connected with Spotify. When you press a piano key, it selects a song from a digital display showing a Spotify playlist.
Seabrease, 15, also founded the Makerettes, an all-girls user group that meets on Fridays at the Tech Center.
This year’s White House Science Fair has a focus on STEM education for girls and women.
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