8 more Tennessee schools chosen for VW eLabs project

Photo via Chattanooga Mayor Andy Berke.

Eight more Tennessee schools have been chosen to receive digital fabrication equipment as part of the Volkswagen eLabs initiative.

All of the schools are in Hamilton County. They are:

  • Brainerd High School
  • Brown Middle School
  • Chattanooga High Center for Creative Arts
  • Hixson Middle School
  • Hixson High School
  • Ooltewah Middle School
  • Orchard Knob Middle School
  • Soddy Daisy Middle School

The program provides students access to digital fabrication tools including automated manufacturing equipment, programmable microcomputers, renewable energy kits, 3D printers, laser cutters and other technologies.

Volkswagen says the eLabs program is the result of a $1 million donation by Volkswagen Chattanooga and the state of Tennessee.

“The Volkswagen eLabs have created an excitement for learning and you can see that in the eyes of the children who have the opportunity to utilize them,” said Dr. Bryan Johnson, Superintendent of Hamilton County Schools. “These labs open a new world of possibilities in instruction for teachers and prepare students for the world they will live in tomorrow.”

This is the second round of recipients for the eLabs. Each school is responsible for raising $5,000 annually in cash or contributed materials to refresh the lab and replace materials.

Related | Hamilton County teachers prepare classrooms for Volkswagen e-labs

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