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UofL Speed School opens STEM facility at Central High School

Partnership includes up to five scholarships

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (Oct. 19, 2016) — The J.B. Speed School of Engineering at the University of Louisville this week opened a facility at Central High School that will work to increase awareness of STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) fields and to persuade underrepresented students to consider pursuing those disciplines.

The Colony at Central High School
The Colony at Central High School

“The Colony,” is the third such facility UofL has opened at local schools, joining ones in place at West End School and Nativity Academy.

“Our goal with these maker space facilities is to increase interest in the STEM fields and to help students grow their self-confidence,” said UofL acting president Neville Pinto. “Expect to see our Speed School students here working alongside Central students on engineering projects.”

The maker space is being equipped with $30,000 of furniture donated by furniture manufacturer Artcobell, and $20,000 of machinery, including 3-D printers, laser cutters and drill presses, funded by a Verizon Innovation grant.

“Think of this as a 21st Century shop class, where students can design, and create, and bring their ideas to fruition,” said Central Principal Raymond Green, a UofL graduate.

As part of its partnership with Central, the Speed School will provide up to five scholarships to graduates of the high school, allow selected high school seniors to take freshman-level college classes, sponsor robotics tournaments and hack-a-thons and help write STEM curriculum.