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Representatives from Chevron Pascagoula Refinery, the Fab Foundation and Jackson County School District unveiled plans for a $1.2 million Fab Lab in Vancleave, Miss.

A Fab Lab is a platform for learning and innovation: a place to play, to create, to learn, to mentor and to invent. Fab Labs include a laser cutter that makes 2D and 3D structures, a sign cutter that plots in copper to make antennas and flex circuits, a high-resolution NC milling machine that makes circuit boards and precision parts, a large wood router for building furniture and housing, and a suite of electronic components and programming tools for low-cost, high-speed microcontrollers for on-site rapid circuit prototyping.

“Education and economic development are linked,” explained Refinery General Manager Bruce Chinn, “and it is essential that our future workforce be prepared to take advantage of the opportunities they’ll have before them. For our industry, emphasizing science, technology, engineering, and math is critical.

“Our partnership with The Fab Foundation to create Fab Labs is one of many ways Chevron can help support the education of our future workforce and the quality of life in our community,” Chinn said.

The stationary Fab Lab and mobile unit will be available to students throughout Jackson County, and to the community. Learn more at www.fablabjacksoncounty.org