Skanska offering Sketchup 3D design training to middle schoolers in Astoria

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Skanska, a project development and construction group, is offering Sketchup training to students in in Astoria.

From March 1, the company’s design and construction team from the LaGuardia Terminal B Project started teaching local middle schoolers the basics of 3D design at the Variety Boys and Girls Club.

Over an eight-week course, the students will learn to use Sketchup, a 3D modeling software. They will learn how to use drawing tools to trace their own hand-drawn designs, create shapes, and use push/pull tools to extrude those shapes in 3D. The digital models the students create in Sketchup will then be 3D printed for them in the club’s new IONYC MakerSpace, where the LGA team also donated dozens of tools and supplies.

“Skanska has been thrilled to make some of the best members from Skanska’s LaGuardia Terminal B Project’s design and construction team available to instruct the students at the Queens Variety Boys and Girls Club,” Skanska-Walsh project executive Thomas Nilsson said in a statement. “Bringing real workplace skills on high-tech programs into an after-school program is crucial to training the next generation of project leaders but is also an excellent opportunity for students to show off their tremendous abilities, build confidence, and have fun.”

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