Rhett, an instructor, shows a child how to launch a rocket

Summer STEM Camp: 3D Printing for Kids

Rhett, an instructor, shows a child how to launch a rocketLast week, Rappahannock Community College hosted Summer STEM Camp – a five-day intensive learning experience for children interested in science and technology. This year, participants learned throughout the week how to build, design, and print a rocket that they would later launch on the final day of camp.

To conceptualize how to build their rocket, participants first learned the basics of 3D printing by designing their own name-tags. Using Fusion 360 software, camp-goers learned the dynamics of print and design to produce their first original creations. Once participants understood how to design in 3D, the real test began. Each student produced an original rocket design that was printed on RCC’s 3D printer. Once the models were done, it was time to fly. 

Family displays printed rocketsThe final two days of camp were dedicated to student presentations, and the long-awaited rocket launch. With the supervision of Greg Dorsey, Rhett Moore and Brandin Thompson, participants launched their rockets into the sky. “It’s one of the most fun weeks of the college year,” said Mr. Moore. “By the time they leave, they’ve learned to launch a rocket. It’s pretty amazing.” 




Richmond County Public Library is Tote-ally Creative

Yesterday afternoon, the Richmond County Public Library held a Tote Bag Decorating Event that attracted children of all ages. With fabric markers, iron-on patches, paints, buttons, and more, participants were invited to decorate blank tote bags to carry their library books. The bags also included a clear plastic sleeve to store a library card for easy access. While some children decorated their bags with scenes of wildlife and nature, others wrote their favorite quotes from books they had read this summer. With the Summer Reading problem at the public library in full swing, the children will put these bags to good use!

Hands painting on a tote bag that says books.

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RCC Student Meet-and-Greet with President Shannon Kennedy

RCC Students,

President Shannon L. Kennedy

As you may know, Dr. Shannon Kennedy became president of Rappahannock Community College on July 1. 

To give you a chance to meet her, we will have an informal meet-and-greet reception on Tuesday, July 9 in the Glenns campus student lounge from 11:00 am to 12:00 noon. 

This link will tell you more about Dr. Kennedy and her extensive higher education experience. 

I hope you can join us tomorrow.

Thank you,

David S. Keel, Ph.D., NCC, LPC

Dean of Student Development

Rappahannock Community College