Fab Lab Cereal Boxes Attract President Obama’s Attention

{mosimage}Early College High School students Chelsea Engle and Tajah Davis used Lorain County Community College’s Fab Lab to create a cereal box with bright colors and presidential appeal.

Early College High School students Chelsea Engle and Tajah Davis used Lorain County Community College’s Fab Lab to create a cereal box with bright colors and presidential appeal.

“Diviatrition Cereal” caught the eye of President Barack Obama during his visit to LCCC, and prompted the president to comment on the personalities of the box’s creators.

“He said, ‘I know two divas made this box,’” Engle, 15, recalled with a laugh.

{mosimage}President Obama met with Early College High School students while taking a tour of the Fab Lab, which provides industrial tools and materials for students, community members and entrepreneurs to experiment with and invent new objects. LCCC’s Fab Lab is one of just three community colleges nationwide – and one of only 30 locations in the world – to develop a personal fabrication lab offering students of all ages and the community an opportunity to develop prototypes and stimulate innovation and entrepreneurship. 

Entering the room with a high level of excitement and energy, President Obama took time to chat with each student and discuss their cereal box project, which was not only a lesson in design strategy, but also in geometry and marketing.

“He came in and was loud and joyful. He wanted to know what we were working on and how we are doing in school,” Davis, 16, said of the president’s visit.

Student Mark Ballard, 15, said he was surprised at how involved Obama was with each student.
“It made me feel like the president – the man who controls the country – cares about us, small Lorain and Early College,” Ballard said.

In collaboration with the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), the Fab Lab includes a computer-controlled laser cutter, a computer-controlled milling machine for household products, a precision milling machine for micron-size projects, a sign cutter and computer programming tools. In addition to helping start-up companies with rapid prototyping and testing models, the Fab Lab encourages cross-discipline activities among liberal arts, engineering and technology students and faculty.

Early College High School students used the Fab Lab to transfer their pencil-and-paper lessons in geometry to a three-dimensional prototype for their fictional cereal brands.

“Before this, I didn’t really know much about the Fab Lab,” Nicolas Perez, 15, said. “Now, I’m very interested and would like to use it as I plan for my future career.”

More information on the Fab Lab can be found at www.lorainccc.edu/fablab .

Fab Lab Cereal Boxes Attract President Obama’s Attention

{mosimage}Early College High School students Chelsea Engle and Tajah Davis used Lorain County Community College’s Fab Lab to create a cereal box with bright colors and presidential appeal.

Early College High School students Chelsea Engle and Tajah Davis used Lorain County Community College’s Fab Lab to create a cereal box with bright colors and presidential appeal.

“Diviatrition Cereal” caught the eye of President Barack Obama during his visit to LCCC, and prompted the president to comment on the personalities of the box’s creators.

“He said, ‘I know two divas made this box,’” Engle, 15, recalled with a laugh.

{mosimage}President Obama met with Early College High School students while taking a tour of the Fab Lab, which provides industrial tools and materials for students, community members and entrepreneurs to experiment with and invent new objects. LCCC’s Fab Lab is one of just three community colleges nationwide – and one of only 30 locations in the world – to develop a personal fabrication lab offering students of all ages and the community an opportunity to develop prototypes and stimulate innovation and entrepreneurship. 

Entering the room with a high level of excitement and energy, President Obama took time to chat with each student and discuss their cereal box project, which was not only a lesson in design strategy, but also in geometry and marketing.

“He came in and was loud and joyful. He wanted to know what we were working on and how we are doing in school,” Davis, 16, said of the president’s visit.

Student Mark Ballard, 15, said he was surprised at how involved Obama was with each student.
“It made me feel like the president – the man who controls the country – cares about us, small Lorain and Early College,” Ballard said.

In collaboration with the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), the Fab Lab includes a computer-controlled laser cutter, a computer-controlled milling machine for household products, a precision milling machine for micron-size projects, a sign cutter and computer programming tools. In addition to helping start-up companies with rapid prototyping and testing models, the Fab Lab encourages cross-discipline activities among liberal arts, engineering and technology students and faculty.

Early College High School students used the Fab Lab to transfer their pencil-and-paper lessons in geometry to a three-dimensional prototype for their fictional cereal brands.

“Before this, I didn’t really know much about the Fab Lab,” Nicolas Perez, 15, said. “Now, I’m very interested and would like to use it as I plan for my future career.”

More information on the Fab Lab can be found at www.lorainccc.edu/fablab .

Fab Lab Cereal Boxes Attract President Obama’s Attention

{mosimage}Early College High School students Chelsea Engle and Tajah Davis used Lorain County Community College’s Fab Lab to create a cereal box with bright colors and presidential appeal.

Early College High School students Chelsea Engle and Tajah Davis used Lorain County Community College’s Fab Lab to create a cereal box with bright colors and presidential appeal.

“Diviatrition Cereal” caught the eye of President Barack Obama during his visit to LCCC, and prompted the president to comment on the personalities of the box’s creators.

“He said, ‘I know two divas made this box,’” Engle, 15, recalled with a laugh.

{mosimage}President Obama met with Early College High School students while taking a tour of the Fab Lab, which provides industrial tools and materials for students, community members and entrepreneurs to experiment with and invent new objects. LCCC’s Fab Lab is one of just three community colleges nationwide – and one of only 30 locations in the world – to develop a personal fabrication lab offering students of all ages and the community an opportunity to develop prototypes and stimulate innovation and entrepreneurship. 

Entering the room with a high level of excitement and energy, President Obama took time to chat with each student and discuss their cereal box project, which was not only a lesson in design strategy, but also in geometry and marketing.

“He came in and was loud and joyful. He wanted to know what we were working on and how we are doing in school,” Davis, 16, said of the president’s visit.

Student Mark Ballard, 15, said he was surprised at how involved Obama was with each student.
“It made me feel like the president – the man who controls the country – cares about us, small Lorain and Early College,” Ballard said.

In collaboration with the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), the Fab Lab includes a computer-controlled laser cutter, a computer-controlled milling machine for household products, a precision milling machine for micron-size projects, a sign cutter and computer programming tools. In addition to helping start-up companies with rapid prototyping and testing models, the Fab Lab encourages cross-discipline activities among liberal arts, engineering and technology students and faculty.

Early College High School students used the Fab Lab to transfer their pencil-and-paper lessons in geometry to a three-dimensional prototype for their fictional cereal brands.

“Before this, I didn’t really know much about the Fab Lab,” Nicolas Perez, 15, said. “Now, I’m very interested and would like to use it as I plan for my future career.”

More information on the Fab Lab can be found at www.lorainccc.edu/fablab .

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