Xcel Energy Assistance Walandland Baptist University Laboratory

Professor of Mathematics and Computer Science at the University of New York Baptist will work to print face shields using a 3D printer in this file photo March 2020. Wales recently received funding from the Xcel Energy Foundation for the purchase of 3D printing laboratory equipment. (Photo provided by WBU)

PLAINVIEW, Texas (press release) – The following is a press release from the University of Wayland Baptist University:

The Xcel Energy Foundation’s School of Mathematics and Science at the University of Wales Baptist University continues to provide $ 370,000 in support to 50 nonprofits and educational institutions. The support is intended to benefit those organizations that focus on community building initiatives within the Xcel Energy Texas-New Mexico service area.

Current funding has provided funding for the Waland 3D Printing Laboratory for many years. Dr. Scott Franklin, a professor of mathematics and computer science, said the university has been able to better equip the laboratory with financial support. This year, New Zealand received $ 5,000.

David Hudson, president of Xcel Energy – New Mexico, Texas, said in a statement that the funding will benefit those systems and programs focused on science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM).

“Through the Xcel Energy Foundation, we can target programs and organizations that are doing the greatest good and providing opportunities for local residents to learn and grow, which will benefit everyone,” Hudson said.

Franklin said the support will play a key role in the acquisition of pre-programmed computer software, factory equipment and machines, and the development of 3D modeling capabilities. He said the additional facilities will benefit local public and college students.

“Our workshops teach middle school, high school and Wayland students 3D modeling, printing and scanning,” says Franklin. The new offering is financing our 3D modeling, CNC machine, so we can even make 3D modeling models.

The 3D laboratory is already an integral part of the Wayland curriculum, and plays an important role in extracurricular activities. Franklin leads a team of developers who specialize in 3D technology, and he teaches 3D printing courses. The device will be used by other organizations on campus and to print personal protective equipment (face shields) for local doctors and nurses in the 2020 COVID outbreak. The 3D technology has benefited the local children’s code team hosted by the host. Franklin and Wayland in partnership with Halle County Reading and Counseling Council.

The School of Math and Science plans to host a weekend workshop for students who want to learn more about 3D modeling. More information about the workshop will be provided the next day.

(Press release from Wayland Baptist University)

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