The Weber School in Sandy Springs has launched a new academy focused on technology and design.
The Zalik Academy, which launched this school year, will support “hands-on experimentation” in engineering, fashion, multimedia design, robotics, architecture and science research, according to a press release.
It will be housed in a new digital fabrication lab, dubbed the “Fab Lab,” that is expected to open in August 2019. The academy is being funded by the Zalik Foundation Fund, a local Jewish education philanthropy.
“Fab lab” is a term for a facility using computer-guided fabrication machines to create various products and objects. The fab lab concept started as a Massachusetts Institute of Technology class and is now a movement promoted and aided by the Boston-based Fab Foundation.
There are about 1,000 fab labs in facilities in 78 countries, according to the foundation’s website, fabfoundation.org.