Adam Savage, former co-host of the hit show MythBusters, visited FabLab Santa Clara High School on Wednesday, April 19, to work with SLI 9th graders. Savage’s visit was a part of “a national tour of 6 Maker Cities in the USA”, sponsored by Chevron and Fab Foundation.

According to the Fab Foundation, “the tour is designed to visit and document innovation in education, entrepreneurship, and workforce development. Sponsorship is provided by Chevron, as part of the energy company’s continuing commitment to STEM education. Started in response to the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy “Maker Initiative,” Mr. Savage aims to engage and excite the communities he visits and then document the tour on video for the entire country to share in the experience via multiple media channels, including” (Visit the Fab Foundation website for the full article)

Students were given the challenge to design and prototype different football tees for kicking, incorporating the lab’s ShopBot, laser cutter, and 3D printer. Also in attendance were Brandi Chastain (two-time World Cup champion, two-time Olympic gold medalist) and Jesse Sapolu (49ers legend with four Super Bowl championship rings). Chastain and Sapolu provided advice and expertise regarding the physics of kicking and football.

It was an exciting morning of learning and design thinking; we are excited to help promote STEM education throughout the country through this video series. Check back in a month to see the video!

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