Huntsville City Schools and U.S. Army AMERDEC Form New Educational Partnership

Huntsville City Schools is teaming up with the U.S. Army Aviation and Missile Research, Development and Engineering Center (AMRDEC) in a new educational partnership.  Huntsville City Schools Superintendent Casey Wardynski and AMRDEC Executive Director James Lackey signed an agreement to collaborate in STEM related programs such as the school district’s advanced manufacturing program. 

Students will get the chance to work in the area of additive manufacturing, which refers to the type of technologies that build 3D component by adding a material, such as plastic, concrete, or metal, one layer at a time.  Huntsville City Schools has an industrial, state-of-the-art 3D titanium printer for the advanced manufacturing programs at Grissom and Jemison High School.

"This EPA allows AMRDEC to collaborate with Huntsville City Schools to use the school system's machines for real-world projects," Lackey said. "Projects to prototype components and parts for aviation and missile system designs can be assigned for students to manufacture."

Wardynski said that this new agreement will allow students to prepare a pathway for the future, by using leading edge technology and working with real world situations.

"This is a very valuable partnership for the school system," Wardynski said. "This genre will be advanced manufacturing, computer-aided design and working with advanced materials such as carbon fiber and 3D printing using resins and metals."

The new partnership will to promote academic achievement in preparation for global workforce competitiveness and is expected to strengthen student, educator and engineering education capabilities.

The U.S. Army Aviation and Missile Research, Development and Engineering Center is part of the U.S. Army Research, Development and Engineering Command, which has the mission to ensure decisive overmatch for unified land operations to empower the Army, the joint warfighter and our nation. RDECOM is a major subordinate command of the U.S. Army Materiel Command.

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