A fabrication laboratory, known as a fab lab offers opportunity for learning the latest in tech tools to high school students.
At Gahanna Lincoln High School students will use the latest technological tools whether they are taking industrial technology or a foreign language. Students will be able to design their own projects on computers and use the shop’s 3-D printer to print them out in the fabrication laboratory.
Fourteen students who are taking the fab lab class will train other students to use it as well. In addition, over 100 engineering students will also use the fab lab for their classes.
“It will be set up like a job site,” said teacher Mike Kunselman. “There will be a superintendent of the fab lab and apprentices. The idea is that it’s a community space.”
High school and middle school students had access to tools to explore career paths last year, thanks to a mobile MIT fab lab, funded by a grant from the Ohio Department of Education Straight A Fund. “Fab lab isn’t a product,” Kunselman said. “The community and training is what it’s about. The trailer was purchased last year and funded through Straight A. It wasn’t a dedicated class. We’re bringing more into this than what’s in the trailer.”