In past years, pupils in technology education, more commonly known as shop class, at South Park Middle School worked on the traditional projects of building napkin holders and carving wooden fish.

But this year, students there have taken a huge step into the future.

Now, their projects include designing three-dimensional models with a computer, using robotics and electronics to make model elevators function and redesigning remote control cars to master specific functions.

They have equipment that includes a CNC, or computer numerically controlled, microrouter and a virtual wind tunnel.

For the students who can’t get enough during class time, there’s an after-school technology club and a week-long summer camp.

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