Future engineers are discovering that a new Fab Lab gives real life experience to students.
At John F Kennedy High School, 10 year old Hailey Lewis was figuring out how to loosen the wheels of a car. But it wasnt just any car; this car was made of plastic and printed on a 3D printer.
“What I like is that you get to use it instead of just reading about it,” said Lewis, who is a fifth grader at Highland Elementary School. “You can bring it to life.”
All Richmond students will now have access to the printer and other devices, such as laser cutters for prisms and vinyl cutters to make circuits at the Richmond Fabrication Laboratory.
The hope is for the “fab lab” to allow students to integrate what they learn in math, computers, and science. Also, residents can take advantage of the lab to develop their own business ideas.