When Jake Fallon, a chemical engineering doctoral student at Virginia Tech, was made aware that a group of children had an interest in science and engineering, specifically 3D printing, he knew that he wanted to help. Fallon first learned about their interest in 3D printing from his mother-in-law, Jennifer Polkis, who works with the students at Carlsbad Boys and Girls Club in Carlsbad, CA.
In December 2018, Fallon volunteered his time to demonstrate the unique and fascinating capabilities of 3D printing technology by designing, 3D printing, and shipping a customized tree ornament for the children to have at the Carlsbad Boys and Girls Club.
“Since I work a lot with 3D printing, I thought it would be a great experience for them to have a customized ornament for the holiday season that they could touch and feel,” said Fallon. “Hopefully furthering their interest in this awesome field!”
Fallon hopes to eventually sponsor the club with a 3D printer so that the children can gain hands-on experience and to help further engage their interest in STEM. “This would also be a great way for some of the boys and girls who are interested in computer aided modeling to make some of their designs come to life,” said Fallon. "It is an extremely rewarding experience to help share 3D printing technology with the next generation of scientists and engineers.”
Jake Fallon is advised by assistant professor Michael Bortner and is a member of the Polymer Composite and Materials Lab in the Department of Chemical Engineering at Virginia Tech.