I hope Autodesk opens the facility to high school students and teachers. I recently ran into a high school teacher who teaches engineering classes. At the Maker Faire two of his students, a girl and a boy, were demonstrating their Arduino robots. He tells his peers that he doesn't want to teach woodworking; he wants to teach kids to design the machines that do the woodworking. This facility could do a lot to update education to the 21st century.
This seems like a twist on 3M's old idea of "10% time" -- which allowed employees to work on anything they wanted. 3M executives believed the company benefitted -- Post-It Notes were invented by a 3M employee who wanted to make removable notes for his church hymnal.
Very right 78RPM. This facility if open for students could enhance their learning skills, they would be able to practically implement their new and unique ideas in shape of products, and maybe create something very useful in the process. But then again, like Richard said, it's going to be quite expensive, and i don't think the high school students would be able to afford it.
@Ali: Indeed it will be too costly for students but I feel there should be some sort of a way or a sponsor to fund these things for students. At least a bank in a long term re-payment plan too would be ideal.
Daniyal, no doubt affordability can be an issue but this will help the students in a variety of ways. I have met a lot of students who are very creative and enthusiastic but they are unable to utilize there creativity this will not only help them to utilize their creativity but will also enhance their learning and analytical skills it will be a very good exposure for them .
I agree a.saji, but the equipment involved here is state of the art, having very costly equipment in the workshops. It costs them a lot of money even to make a small prototype, so they cannot afford experiments by students without any return. Perhaps a separate small setup with cheap and manageable equipment can be designed as a learning workshop for students.
@ 78RPM, you are absolutely right. It seems like a modern version of teach the students to fish rather than giving them the fish. Such a facility could open new horizons for students who could have hands-on experience on equipment and put their innovative imaginations to work. What would be the point of teaching students the woodwork which is already done more by machines than humans?
@ Debera Harward, these very creative skills of students need to be utilized. Cost definitely is an issue here but Governments or schools could launch a community funding campaign to arrange the funds needed. It isn't difficult because a bunch of schools could afford such a facility on alternate days. It will save them the cost of the equipment and all they would need to do will be the rental.
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