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Sunrise Rotary donates 3-D printer to Bridgeport school

Published 4:15 pm, Thursday, April 4, 2013
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The Westport Sunrise Rotary Club recently donated a 3-D printer to Bridge Academy, a charter high school in Bridgeport.

The device, a MakerBot Replicator 2 valued at $4,000, takes computer models and creates three-dimensional replicas of them, according to a news release. It also came with accessories and training instructions.

Rotarians Mark Mathias, Tom Lowrie and Roy Fuchs delivered it to the academy and demonstrated its use to the academy's Maker Club, formed with help from the rotary.

The demonstration was also attended by P.J. Syrrist, a Staples High School student and the club's leader, and faculty from the academy's science, art and math curricula who saw how to integrate the printer into their instruction, the release states.

The printer was made available by a grant from the Sunrise Rotary and Rotary District 7980, which covers the southern half of Connecticut.