Higher Ground and 3D class students

Chapman University Students Collaborate with Local High-Risk Youth to Create 3D Printed Halloween Costumes

Chapman University students, from a diverse range of disciplines, are harnessing the power of 3D printing to create enchanting Halloween costumes for underprivileged children in the Anaheim Higher Ground after-school program. This heartwarming collaboration, taking place at the Fowler School of Engineering, is a testament to the transformative possibilities of education, technology, and community partnership


Part of the Fowler School of Engineering at Chapman University, the 3D Printing class is breaking down silos in education. This unique class is open to students from all disciplines, from chemistry to dance majors, promoting inclusivity and exposing them to a wide range of possible applications for 3D printing. 

Chapman University has been deeply committed to a community partnership with Higher Ground since 2019, an after-school program that caters to at-risk youth in Anaheim. The brainchild behind this program, Dr. Eric Linstead, Senior Associate Dean, played a pivotal role in making it a reality. The university boasts a substantial maker space equipped with eighty 3D printers, and the commitment of funding ensures that this heartwarming collaboration continues year after year.

The Heart of the Project:

Chapman’s ENGR-300 3D Printing class is currently working on a project that embodies the spirit of this collaboration. The students are using their skills to design and 3D print components for Halloween costumes for the children in the Higher Ground program. This creative partnership is more than just a class assignment; it’s a community journey. 

The process begins with Chapman students measuring the kids. (PHOTOS AVAILABLE HERE) During this special interaction, the children also share their dream costume ideas, and over the course of one month, the costumes come to life through a combination of creativity and technology.

The beauty of the program lies in its dedication to fulfilling each child’s dreams. The kids, through the guidance and support of Chapman students, design their dream Halloween costumes, whether it’s becoming a superhero or a mythical creature.

Media Opportunity:

We invite you to join us on Monday, October 30th, at 3:30 p.m., when the Halloween costumes, created with technology and passion, will be unveiled. This event promises heartwarming stories and captivating visuals that would resonate with all audiences. 


Carly Murphy

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