Believing that there s nothing to gain by duplicating effort, one high school’s traveling lab shares tech tools across districts.
The “Fab Lab” from Sherwood High School is bringing resources for tech education all across Oregon. The lab is set up to include a vinyl cutter, 3D printer, laser cutter and other materials used in digital design and fabrication. It also includes Rhinoceros 3D computer software.
Caitlin Fox, a freshman at Gaston Jr/Sr High School, created window cling stickers featuring high school logos.
“I didn’t realize how much you could do with Rhino,” Fox said. “I didn’t realize how easy it was.”
The project is “cool” but it could turn a profit if the stickers are sold to students at the high schools whose logos are featured. During the week long visit to her school from the traveling fabrication laboratory, many doors were opened to the students that had not been available before.
The “Bowman Fab Lab” is located in an RV for the purpose of travel and sharing the technology. The technology was new to the beginning woods class taught by Wade Sims, but students quickly learned skills to apply to a design or manufacturing job.
“It looks kind of simple and not a big deal, but it’s what the industry uses,” said Sherwood High School Digital Design and Fabrication Instructor John Niebergall.