The Panther FabLab was created at New Lexington High School in the fall of 2012 with the inspiration from many great minds. Fab labs, short for fabrication laboratories, were coined such by one Neil Gershenfeld at MIT in the Center for Bits and Atoms. These labs facilitated a course there titled “How to make (almost) anything.” I started the fab lab at NLHS to facilitate the engineering courses that were being taught. In an effort to give birth to global learners, NLHS is currently trying to collaborate with MIT to be included in the global fab lab network.┬áThe labs have spread from inner-city Boston to Africa and Norway, with projects tackling applications in areas including healthcare, agriculture, housing, and communications. Our lab is unique to Southeastern Ohio, especially Appalachia Ohio.

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