Eighth-graders tour Science and Tech Center


Plymouth High School technology education instructor Jake Sherman gives eighth-graders a tour of the welding lab in the LTC-Plymouth Science & Technology Center. — Submitted photo Plymouth High School technology education instructor Jake Sherman gives eighth-graders a tour of the welding lab in the LTC-Plymouth Science & Technology Center. — Submitted photo Eighth-graders recently visited the LTC-Plymouth Science and Technology Center at Plymouth High School, as they begin thinking about the classes they want to take in high school.

Students learned about the courses of study supported by the state-of-the-art facility and toured the various labs:

· Agriscience Lab: Greenhouse and enclosures for small animals

· Automotive Lab: Enhanced with new hoists and other equipment thanks to partnership with Van Horn Automotive Group

· Engineering/CAD Labs: Computeraided design software, three-dimensional printer, and control panel and immersive CNC simulators for Haas high-tech mills

· CNC Lab: State-of-the-art Haas CNC mills and a Haas lathe

· Construction Lab: Saws, drill presses and other tools for woodworking

· Culinary Arts Kitchen: Stoves, refrigerators and appliances

· Graphics Lab: Laser engraver, screen printing and traditional press

· Manufacturing Lab: High-speed packaging machine manufactured by Viking donated by Sargento Foods, and a sandblaster

· Welding Lab: Professional metal fabrication training facility and a CNC plasma cutter

The facility, which opened in 2011, allows PHS students to design projects using industry-standard CAD programs, then create three-dimensional models and finally produce and finish projects using high-tech mills and a lathe. Students also can learn metal fabrication in a welding training facility and culinary arts using professional equipment.

The Science & Technology Center came about thanks to a partnership involving the district, LTC, the City of Plymouth and area businesses. The facility is used by PHS students during school hours, and by LTC students in the evenings.

More than half of the cost of the $1.2 million project was covered by a grant from the U.S. Economic Development Administration. The city provided an additional $250,000 in economic development funds, to which was added $280,000 in in-kind donations from LTC and the school district. In addition, Sargento Foods Inc. donated a high-speed packaging machine valued at $80,000, and the Van Horn Automotive Group provided $45,000 in improvements to the automotive lab.


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