Ribbon cutting for Volkswagen eLab at Sale Creek Middle High

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SALE CREEK, Tennesee (WDEF) – Volkswagen and school officials attended a ribbon cutting on Tuesday for the latest eLab.

Today, they opened a new lab at Sale Creek Middle High school.

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Volkswagen eLabs, will give students access to science labs with rapid prototyping technologies (renewable energy components, laser cutters, CNC routers, 3D printers, robotics, microcomputers, and vinyl cutters).

There are now eight such labs in Hamilton County Schools.

The rest can apply to get one of eight more eLabs next year.



The other seven schools that got eLabs this year 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 School, and Red Bank High School.

Ulrich Heimann, Executive Vice President of Finance & ITP Volkswagen Chattanooga says “These Volkswagen eLabs will teach hands-on, engineering-based learning, and we are excited that eight labs around the county are opening this school term to engage and inspire the imagination of children throughout the community.”

Each lab is staffed by a Volkswagen Team. The schools must raise an additional $5,000 to keep the program going.

HCDE Superintendent Dr. Bryan Johnson says “We all know STEM is one of the most important learning tracks for twenty-first century students as there will be 42,000 STEM jobs in the state of Tennessee alone within the next few years. Our amazing partnership with Volkswagen means our students will get the hands-on learning they need to truly be career and post-secondary ready,” said Dr. Johnson.