Fab Lab includes Welding Upgrades for School
While students in all of the District’s eight schools returned to their buildings this year to find additional Chromebooks, iPads and other technology devices to support their educational learning environment, the nearly 1,000 high school students attending Raritan High School began their school year with their own district issued Chromebook. Additionally, 150 students will be taking a class in the new ultra-modern Fabrication Lab.
During the summer of 2015, the Raritan High School woodshop received a complete overall and was converted into a state-of-the-art Fabrication Lab. As part of the annual facilities budget the District invested almost $250,000 in this unique educational environment.
To prepare for this new adventure the classroom was completely gutted, heating and ventilation systems were upgraded, floors were repaired and replaced, and proper electric, lighting and cabinets were installed. The cuttingedge equipment in the classroom includes 25 laptop computers, a welding booth, 3 D printers, a compact milling machine, plasma and vinyl cutters, a CNC carving machine, a drill press, lathes, air compressors, sanders, saws and other equipment recycled from the woodshop and other handson tools.
The “Fab Lab” concept was developed at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and has been expanded nationwide.