On August 2nd, 2017, New Matter and our partners at Challenger Learning Centers held a press conference to announce the second site to receive five MOD-t 3D printers; Columbia Memorial Space Center (CMSC) in Downey, California! CMSC museum staff, community members, 120 young students, and the Mayor of Downey were on hand to welcome New Matter CEO Steve Schell as he made the announcement and talked about the future of 3D printing and STEM education. Check out the short video below detailing the announcement and showing some of the ways in which the MOD-t will be integrated into the curriculum at CMSC.



After the announcement, the MOD-ts were immediately implemented into the curriculum of the Space Center’s 3D printing summer camp, a brand new venture for the CMSC! During the camp, kids will learn the basics of 3D printing, designing and prototyping.


Activity Specialist, Matthew leads a group of students in a demonstration of the MOD-t.


The Space Center has future goals to remodel the first floor of the museum into a public makerspace. Until then, the MOD-ts have been incorporated into the 3D printing summer camp and will be integrated into other programs including the Girls in STEM club and the Center’s Saturday Science programs, which allow guests of the Center to explore technology with hands-on experiences.


Members of the Downey City Council get some hands-on time with the MOD-t.


For more information about the Columbia Memorial Space Center, please visit www.columbiaspacescience.org or connect on Facebook. For more information about New Matter, please visit www.newmatter.com or connect on FacebookTwitter, and Instagram. For more information about Challenger Center, please visit www.challenger.org or connect on Facebook and Twitter.

About Columbia Memorial Space Center

The mission of the Columbia Memorial Space Center is to ignite a community of critical and creative thinkers through world-class programs, inclusive events and engaging exhibits. Serving as the national memorial to the Space Shuttle Columbia and the crew of STS-107, the Space Center, located in Downey, California, is a space museum and hands-on learning center dedicated to bringing the wonder and excitement of science and innovation to audiences of all ages and backgrounds.


About New Matter

New Matter makes the benefits of 3D printing accessible and affordable to every classroom and home by providing the best, most seamless user experience of any desktop 3D printer. The award-winning New Matter MOD-t is the most elegantly simple printer for both educational institutions and consumers, delivering the highest quality and reliability in the industry. The company is backed by leading venture capital firms and is an operating company of technology incubator Idealab.

New Matter and MOD-t are registered trademarks of New Matter, Inc. in the United States.


About Challenger Center

As a leader in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) education, Challenger Center and its network of Challenger Learning Centers provide more than 250,000 students annually with experiential education programs to engage students in hands-on learning opportunities. These programs strengthen knowledge in STEM subjects and inspire students to pursue careers in these important fields. Challenger Center was created to honor the crew of shuttle flight STS-51-L.

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