For two days last week, groups of students at Providence Country Day School explored the newly launched Rhode Island Mobile Maker Lab to learn how technology and engineering are changing the future of manufacturing jobs. The traveling lab provides students a chance to see 21st century maker and manufacturing technologies in action to help build awareness of new manufacturing careers across the state of Rhode Island.
In the maker space, students could access four stations featuring high tech tools such as a vinyl cutter, computerized embroidery and sewing machine, a Carvey wood-carving machine and a 3D printer. Led by Seth Weisman, designer and development manager for the lab, students in Ms. O'Donnell's photography class worked to manipulate their own photos to then be carved into a wooden square to take home with them. Other middle and upper school classes also explored the lab for classes and during free periods.
Sponsored by IYRS, Polaris MEP, Rhode Island College, Rhode Island Commerce Corp. and the Rhode Island Department of Labor and Training, the mobile maker lab travels to high schools and colleges all over the state to foster workforce development in the state's manufacturing industry, known also as the innovation and design district.