Donor turns high school high-tech
Donation of $200K funds new industrial technology lab, rare 3D printer
Brad Gintert just can't help himself.
"I come to class each day with a smile on my face," Grandview Heights High School's industrial technology teacher said.
The grin is there because he and his students have a lot of new equipment to use and learn from thanks to a donation from a Grandview alum, who wishes to remain anonymous.
The donation of about $200,000 paid for the purchase of computers, a 3D printer and a computer numerical-controlled router as well as improvements to the IT classroom itself, Gintert said.
"It just sort of came out of the blue," he said. "This gentlemen, who is in his 80s, came in and said he saw a need for industrial technology and wanted to donate some money to upgrade our program. He said his industrial arts class was important to him and he still remembers his teacher.
"It was an incredibly generous donation," Gintert said. "The kids are excited about the new equipment, and so am I."
It is unusual for a school to have a 3D printer, he said.
"It's such a cool new technology," Gintert said. "It's great for rapid prototyping so kids get to see what they design. They can see it, handle it and feel it."
A computer lab has been set up in the area that once was Gintert's office and storage area.
"The students do all their design work on computers," he said.
The purchase of 10 robotics kits allowed the school to create a new robotics class, Gintert said.
New ceiling and carpeting was installed in the industrial technology classroom, which is divided into three separate spaces.
Windows were installed that allows Gintert to keep an eye on students performing woodworking activities while he is in another area of the classroom.
Whether they are involved in woodworking, robotics or design work, his students are learning about the engineering process, Gintert said.
With all the new technology in his classroom, the teacher also has some catching up to do.
"It's fun, but it's also overwhelming," Gintert said. "I have a lot to learn, too. I try to stay ahead of the students, and a lot of them are advanced already.
"It's just really exciting," he said. "We're already coming up with new and interesting things we can do with this new technology."