So, Your Company Wants to Support Local STEM Students?

After years spent in a makeshift chemistry lab-turned-engineering shop, John Kamal, an engineering teacher at Science Leadership Academy (SLA), finally has the shop of his dreams.

After SLA moved buildings, Kamal was able to custom design a three-room shop full of high-tech equipment, including a 3D printer, laser cutter and water cutter. The shop supports the Fairmount high school’s engineering career and technical education program as well as its after-school robotics program.

Most of the equipment in the new shop was funded by outside companies that he formed partnerships with, including a $100,000 grant from State Farm and support from businesses including Comcast and Boeing.