Delgado Community College has recently unveiled Fab Lab NOLA, a new design and fabrication based in campus.
The lab was opened by Delgado and Chevron, in partnership with the Fab Foundation. Fab Foundation supports Fab Labs worldwide in a wide range of projects that foster and accelerate education, innovation, entrepreneurship, business development and community building.
Kindergarten students to community member will be able to create almost anything they can imagine in the lab by using equipment such as laser cutters, 3D printers, vinyl cutters and milling machines.
“Fab Lab NOLA is a tremendous resource for students and teachers throughout Greater New Orleans,” said Dr. Arnel Cosey, Vice Chancellor of Student Affairs. “Here they’ll be able to access engineering-inspired processes, see manufacturing in action and apply classroom lessons in a real-world setting. We will also have access to an international Fab Lab network of more than 400 facilities to help further stimulate their interest in STEM.”
Chevron contributed $1 million to Fab Lab NOLA, part of a larger $10 million commitment to the Fab Foundation. The New Orleans lab is the seventh of 10 that Chevron is helping to open.
“Now more than ever, students need advanced science, technology, engineering and math skills to succeed both academically and in the job market,” said Leah Brown, Public Affairs Manager for Chevron Gulf of Mexico. “It is Chevron’s hope that Louisiana students will take advantage of the classes and training offered by Fab Lab NOLA to help develop critical skills that can lead to good‑paying jobs.”