M.Lab21 Initiative equips students with AM knowledge in industrial arts and technical education.
Joining founding members 3D Systems, SME and America Makes the board is made up of representatives from Intel, GE, Lockheed Martin, Johnson Controls, Deloitte and National Institute of Standards and Technology.
The board has been set up to provide support and leadership for the M.Lab21 initiative which brings 3D printing labs and advanced manufacturing curriculums into schools.
“M.Lab21 is the latest commitment we are making to deliver 21st century technology skills to students through our Make.Digital initiative,” said Leanne Gluck, Director of Social Impact for 3DS. “Collaboratively, 3DS and SME invite teachers, educators, non-profits and companies passionate about education, addressing the skills gap and advanced manufacturing workforce development to join our M.Lab21 initiative and help us drive innovation, technology and learning.”
The M.Lab21 is a 21st Century Manufacturing Lab that is set to accelerate teaching of advanced manufacturing in high school industrial arts and technical education. The board plans to create a system where hardware, software and training will be readily available for engaging the next generation with the right digital tools.
Participating schools will be equipped with 3D scanning kits, development boards, design, prototyping and manufacturing resources to equip them with the skills needed for the future employment market.
Carlos Contreras, US Education Director, Intel, added: “We believe a culture of making, personal expression and innovation is essential to keeping the U.S. on the leading edge of education and stimulating economic activity. Whether challenging people to think differently or providing the technologies that can bring ideas to life, Intel supports the maker movement to encourage innovation whether in classrooms, labs or garage workshops.”