Eight schools in Hamilton County, Tennessee, have been selected to receive science lab gear through Volkswagen's eLabs program, a release on Ancira Auto Group's website said.
Administered by the Public Education Foundation (PEF), Volkswagen eLabs offers access to digital creation tools such as automated manufacturing equipment, 3-D printers, laser cutters and renewable-energy kits. The first schools to receive the supplies are Chattanooga School for the Arts & Sciences, Dalewood Middle School, East Hamilton Middle High School, The Howard School, Hunter Middle School, Normal Park Museum Magnet, Red Bank Middle and High Schools, and Sale Creek Middle/High School, the release said.
“Volkswagen Chattanooga’s generous grant to fund Volkswagen eLabs is a perfect fit with our focus on ensuring our students are future ready,” Hamilton County Department of Education interim Superintended Kirk Kelly said in the release. “We are so thankful to have Volkswagen as a partner in education with both the Mechatronics Akademie and now the Volkswagen eLabs. HCDE students will lead the way in the 21st century workforce.”
The eLab awardees were chosen by representatives of Volkswagen Chattanooga, Tennessee Department of Education, Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development, Hamilton County Department of Education and the PEF.
“One of the best ways we can invest in our state’s future is to invest in education, and increasing educational opportunities has been a large part of Tennessee’s story in recent years,” Tennessee Department of Education Commissioner Candice McQueen said in the release. “The creation of these eLabs will keep our state on the path forward, providing innovative opportunities for our students to learn and grow as they prepare for their futures.”