George Washington High School students get hands-on experience in manufacturing at TechShop
Last Friday, a group of Washington High School students visited TechShop, a fabrication and protoyping studio located South of Market.
The students are all enrolled in an Automotive elective class at Washington High, and their visit is part of a new pilot program funded by Supervisor Eric Mar’s office called Inside Manufacturing. The goal of the program is to expose students to local manufacturing careers, enabling them to meet entrepreneurs and explore ideas through hands-on workshops and technology.
SFMade is a partner in the Inside Manufacturing program as well. The organization is focused on developing the local manufacturing sector by building and supporting the community of entrepreneurs, and promoting locally made products and businesses.
During their trip to TechShop, the students made customized tool racks using acrylic and metal, using the nearly $1 million worth of equipment that sits in the TechShop workspace.
The students also received a demonstration of 3D printing from Type A Machines, a local company that is working to build affordable 3D printers.
The visit to TechShop was the culmination of the pilot year of the Inside Manufacturing program, whose long-term goal is to create sustainable, long-term employment opportunities for youth in local manufacturing – as employees and as entrepreneurs/business owners.
George Washington High School students talk with Supervisor Mar about the Inside Manufacturing program