Gahanna Lincoln High School students will have opportunities to use the latest tools in technology this school year, whether they're taking a foreign-language or industrial technology class.

Gahanna Lincoln High School students will have opportunities to use the latest tools in technology this school year, whether they're taking a foreign-language or industrial technology class.

New industrial-technology teacher Mike Kunselman said students would be able to able to make their own designs on computers and print them out on the shop's 3-D printer in what's called the fabrication laboratory, or fab lab.

Fourteen students are taking the new fab-lab class beginning this month, and they will become masters to help train other students who want to use the lab.

More than 100 engineering students also will take classes utilizing the fab lab.

"It will be set up like a job site," Kunselman said. "There will be a superintendent of the fab lab and apprentices. The idea is that it's a community space."

High school and middle school students had access to tools to explore career paths last year, thanks to a mobile MIT fab lab.

The lab, financed through a $750,000 grant from the Ohio Department of Education's Straight A Fund, still will be shared among district buildings this year.

"Fab lab isn't a product," Kunselman said. "The community and training is what it's about. The trailer was purchased last year and funded through Straight A. It wasn't a dedicated class. We're bringing more into this than what's in the trailer."

Kunselman, who worked at Thomas Worthington High School last year, said his plan is to have the mobile set up for middle and elementary students.

"Right now it's too involved for middle school students," he said.

High school students are taking engineering classes from the Project Lead the Way curriculum that prepares them to go to college to be engineers, according to Kunselman.

Tools used by the students will include a laser engraver, a 3-D printer and computerized numerical control to make such items as furniture, guitars and cabinets.

"We'll still use the class shop tools, but we add 21st-century skills," Kunselman said. "Everything will have a touch of technology."

He said the high school is seeing more students going into manufacturing.

"Those are the kids we're seeing," Kunselman said. "It's direct into college and the workforce. This (lab) teaches you to be on your feet. The sky is the limit in what you can make."

Kunselman said a goal is to make the lab self-funded by engaging industry partners.

"Some of the things we'll make are vinyl signs and decals for businesses," he said. "We'll suggest a donation.

"It will be wild. The kids will get to decorate by painting the pipes cool, and we'll have a logo and branding. It will be like a business. It will be like walking into a factory storefront."

Kunselman started a fab lab at New Lexington High School, where Lincoln principal Bobby Dodd formerly served as principal. Kunselman taught there from 2007 to 2014.

International Languages Lab features tech center

Gahanna Lincoln Spanish teacher Laura Thomas said the International Language Lab received a fresh coat of paint last week in anticipation of it being fully set up for the start of classes Aug. 12.

"The lab has two rooms," Thomas said. "The first is a technology center that will have 24 desktop computers for student use. Students will have access to a variety of functions, including Skype, access to authentic resources, research, vocabulary and grammar practice."

The second room is a break-out space designed for collaborative and project-based learning, Thomas said. It will be equipped with a small number of computers, and it will feature comfortable modern classroom seating and a worktable.

"This space reflects the learning environment and philosophy at Clark Hall," Thomas said. "The new lab will serve over 1,000 students this year. It will greatly enhance the learning experience and will open up many wonderful possibilities to the students."

The lab was funded partially by the district and partially through prize money won in a Piada competition, Thomas said.