By Ryan Cornell
Students from Riverfront Christian School in Front Royal will present 3D printing demonstrations and a wide array of other technology at the school's Technology Expo from 4 to 6 p.m. May 13.
Liz Coffey, information technology teacher at Riverfront, said she had been at a spaghetti dinner last month introducing how her classes were using technology when she noticed a remarkable amount of interest and questions about their 3D printer.
In addition to showing off the new 3D printer, which was assembled by her students, she said people can use a driving simulator and browse hardware displays.
The school places a strong focus on technology, she said. Her students built a local area network with a printer server and are learning about virus removal and hardware repair.
"Since I've come on board, I'm really trying to get these kids on anything they can get their hands on," she said. "We've worked on things like old Macs, we've torn apart Dells and gotten into inkjet printers."
The expo will offer food and refreshments and a silent auction on a variety of plastic models generated by the 3D printer.
Coffey said the auction will support the school's fund to purchase a $1,000 3D scanner, which can scan an object and print out a model of it.
"I really hope that people are just blown away by the things that we're doing, and just the fact that we have a high school," she said. "So many people I talk to don't know that Riverfront has a high school. They think it ends at fourth grade."
The technology expo is free to attend and is open to the public. Riverfront Christian School is located at 55 Strasburg Road in Front Royal.
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