Tech-savvy students at Alonso High School make holiday ornaments for families in need

Modeling & Simulation class uses 3D printers
Posted at 3:43 AM, Dec 14, 2020
and last updated 2020-12-14 07:15:21-05

TAMPA, Fla. — Utilizing a lot of technology and even more heart, students in a very smart classroom at Alonso High School are bringing holiday joy to more than 100 Tampa Bay area families in need.

The students in the Modeling & Simulation class are using hi-tech skills to "engineer" more than 100 festive ornaments for grade-schoolers at Sullivan Elementary, which partners with Metropolitan Ministries.

"I want the kids to not only learn these programs and develop skills, but to be able to build a finished project," says teacher Bradley Watson.

And if they can also do something for the greater good, even better.

Using Blender software, students create a digital prototype of a physical model. In this case, an ornament with Sullivan's horse mascot on it.

They then use a 3D printer, ingenuity and elbow grease to create and paint the actual ornaments. Ribbons and elf hats are also involved.

Brandon, a sophomore in the class, says, "It was really cool to do something for someone else, instead of a normal assignment."

The ornaments, all blue and beautiful, will be delivered this week.