Fab Lab mobile unit for students
It’s a laboratory on wheels, the Jackson County School District now has their hands on their very own Fab Lab mobile unit to help students increase STEM knowledge and skills. News 25’s Taylor Rubach attended the ribbon cutting ceremony today and gives us a look inside this specially designed lab.
It’s a place for students to play, learn, create and invent. It’s all a part of Chevron’s Fab Foundation that merges physical science and computer science in the development of new technology. With the $1.2 million donation, Chevron gives Jackson County students the opportunity to learn these STEM-related instructions. Chevron Refinery General Manager Bruce Chinn said, “I mean, this is about investing in our community and investing in the future, certainly with children and kids who are interested in science, technology, engineering, and math and also because it’s really building employees of the future.”
Fab Lab Director Scott Beebe said, “Fab Lab is going to offer students technological tools, has laser engravers, vinyl cutters, 3D printers, a CNC router, a mini-milling machine.”
Each of these pieces of equipment will be available to all grades kindergarten through 12th and actually brings their education to life. This is something that Beebe noticed is no longer present within schools lesson plans. “So this allows students to use their imaginations in ways we don’t traditionally use them in the classroom anymore. Students then get to see things come to life. It has meaning to them. When you give it meaning, they become more invested.”
The students are more than ready to expand their imagination. Eighth grader Patricia Morgan said, “It’s really, just really cool seeing all the stuff you can do with the technology that you can do now instead of what your parents said you could do back when they were little and how the centuries really just progressed.”
This is just phase one. Phase two will be a stationary lab which is expected to be completed later this year.