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YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio - It's called 3D printing and the third graders at Kirkmere Elementary School love it.

"You get to build things and make things and that you never thought you would be able to do and learn more things and work on computers and how to do 12 3D," says third grader Janiya Kennedy.

The students design the objects on paper then on the computer. Finally, the finished product comes to life on the 3D printer.

"Taking something from a two dimensional object to a three dimensional object is a whole new world for them. It's not just drawing on paper. They start that way, but then they can actually see it built as an actual product," says teacher Amanda Brundage.

Cutting edge technology that third grade teacher Amanda Brundage says is important for the kids future.

"It gives them 21st century skills. They are problem solving. They are creating a product. They are brainstorming together. They're utilizing technology to create products," she says. "It gets pretty tough, but the more you get the hang of it, the easier it gets."

Kirkmere is the first elementary school in Youngstown to get a lab with technology of this sort. As popular as it is with the kids, it certainly won't be the last.

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