Can you imagine PRINTING a 3-D object? The idea is so complex that most of us have a hard time conceptualizing 3-D printing, let alone understanding how it works. Sixteen-year-old Jin from Honolulu knows all about the process of creating 3-D models out of seemingly simple materials.
Jin loves technology, especially the computer programs he learns in his STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) class. Using Photoshop, CAD and InDesign, Jin is always learning new ways to create images, models and designs that he pulls from his own creative imagination. “Jin is a deep thinker. Sometimes he comes up with ideas that I wouldn’t have. He is a great student” said Mrs. Ego, Jin’s STEM teacher.
With so many software programs at his disposal, Jin wanted to help his school bring those creations to life. Aware of the capabilities owning a 3-D printer could provide, Jin wanted to expand his school’s potential by sharing this machine with his classmates and teachers. Jin’s wish was to GIVE a 3-D printer to his high school!
The Make-A-Wish team arranged a party in Jin’s favorite class at Roosevelt High School, with food, drinks, and dessert from popular local Italian restaurant, Buca Di Beppo. Mrs. Ego introduced Jin’s mom, the Make-A-Wish crew, and two folks from Microsoft to kick off Jin’s wish party. All eyes were on Jin as he came up to receive his gift. He approached two huge boxes covered in blue sheets that would soon reveal his exciting surprise.
As the first blue sheet unveiled a 3-D printer, Jin was thrilled. He was even more excited when he saw what was under the second sheet.... ANOTHER 3-D PRINTER and a new touch-screen laptop to take home for himself! Touched by Jin’s selflessness and generosity, Microsoft decided to provide two 3-D printers for Jin’s wish! Jin couldn’t believe it – now he’d be able to produce 3-D models both at home and at school.
The classroom cheered and Jin smiled shyly – this would be a moment that would stay in his heart forever. Jin’s mom watched from her seat, beaming with pride as she saw her humble and giving son receive his much deserved wish.
“This is just amazing”, she said, “we never imagined anything like this would happen”.
Special Thanks: Microsoft, Roosevelt High School, Buca Di Beppo