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PTECH moving ahead with prototyping lab plans

June 7, 2017 | Filed in Archive
Two students standing at the front of the Learning Commons presenting

HFM PTECH sophomores Samantha Reese, left, and Cierra Mason present to a panel of teachers and business partners ideas their group researched for the school’s prototyping lab that will be constructed this summer.

This summer, classroom space at HFM PTECH’s Jansen Avenue location will be transformed into a prototyping lab that will include equipment for students, business partners and entrepreneurs in the community to design and make their own creations.

As part of their Principles of Business class, sophomores researched equipment and drew up plans for the prototyping lab. After presenting their concepts to each other, the ideas were narrowed to a final plan to be considered by Hamilton Fulton Montgomery Pathways in Technology Early College High School administration, which has set aside funding for the space in its 2017-18 budget.

The targeted date for a soft opening of the new creative space will be when school reopens the first week of September.

Among the types of equipment PTECH is considering for the space are 3D printers, laser cutters and engravers, sewing machines, soldering machines, a CNC (computer numeric control) machine, a kiln, a pottery wheel and CAD and Adobe computer programs. Although not all of these items are likely to be included for the opening, Principal Mike Dardaris said the prototyping lab will expand with the needs of the students and others who use it.

Student standing at the front of the Learning Commons presenting

HFM PTECH sophomore Nadia Payan presents to a panel of teachers and business partners on the prototyping lab.

“As we grow, we’ll see what other equipment we need to add based on feedback from business partners, teachers and students,” Dardaris said.

Renovations of classroom space at Jansen Avenue School are slated to begin in July. Lisa Johnson, who teaches robotics at HFM PTECH, will oversee the equipping of the new lab and its operations when it opens in September.

Local entrepreneurs and professionals who are not current partners with PTECH but are interested in utilizing the PTECH prototyping lab once it is operational should contact Dardaris at 762-9119 or at