The Maricopa Center for Entrepreneurship (MCE) awarded Legacy Traditional School – Maricopa (LTS-Maricopa) first place for the 3-D printer that the students built.
The Jr. High students from LTS-Maricopa were in competition against High School teams from Sequoia Pathway and the Maricopa District.
Student participants were asked to build 3-D printers from kits and develop 3-D designs in the following categories: toys, modified-consumer products, teaching tools and art.
The Legacy Traditional School – Maricopa team faced some substantial challenges going into the 3-D Masters competition. To begin with, they were the youngest team from the smallest school entered in the contest.
In addition, the kit for the 3-D printer that was to be their entry arrived missing several key components.
“We were the underdogs,” said Sam, 13, an eighth-grader at Legacy Traditional School in Maricopa.
“We were outnumbered, out-aged…out ‘everythinged.’”