Our CNC (computer numeric controlled) classes provide at-risk students with the opportunity to improve their math and science knowledge due to hands-on learning using digital fabrication. Familiarity with CNC technology is making students employable right out of high school. And those students on a pre-engineering path are making leaps ahead in their preparation for college and beyond. As a foundation with limited resources, the concept of providing skills which are not only current, but ahead of the marketplace, makes more and more sense.
In our woodworking academy at the orphanage Fundaninos the students are learning to use Vetric design software and a Shopbot Desktop CNC router. As part of our program they learn to design, cut and create 3D products out of wood. They also learn micro-enterprise and entrepreneurship through the sale of the products they make.