The poker-faced students, all fifth graders from Weatherstone Elementary School, strolled out of the elevator in single file, adult chaperones in tow, toward the 3D Systems Geomagic scanning lab. They marched through the lobby, past the boardroom, averting the reception desk ("Hold all my calls.") and into the lab like scientists on a mission. Each had a container of assorted origami - cranes and frogs, flowers and stars - tucked under her arm. Laser scanning, even with a subject like origami, is serious business.

Then again, it never stays serious for too long.

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Six Weatherstone students visited Geomagic headquarters to scan and print their origami figures on March 18 for the second stage of our STEM project with the elementary school. Their visit was a reward for the designs these extraordinary students submitted after Geomagic's initial trip to Weatherstone in December where we'd asked the kids how far they could take 3D technology, how it could help us see differently, be better at doing more, and improve humanity. They gave us something to think about with projects ranging from fashion to fine art.

Take Chloe, who devised a system for separating recyclables using 3D scanning. The Recycling Transportation Unit (RTU) encourages recycling by making it easier to sort and transport all recyclable materials via an underground tube structure. There's also Aayushi's 3D stethoscope, which provides on-demand 3D images of patients' internal structures when it's placed on the body. All pretty amazing stuff.

Stay tuned for more. Geomagic is attending a STEM family event at Weatherstone Elementary on March 23. And check out more pictures below.

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Scanning the origami frog Geomagic training guru Lu McCarty helps the
students scan

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Students check out Geomagic's custom, Viewing a model that helped medical designers
3D-printed foosball players create a craniofacial implant

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The whole crew