New Laser Cutter Provides Cross Collaboration in the Classroom

Chris Odom demonstrates to visual arts teachers how the new laser cutter works by etching a snowflake design into clay. (Photo by Howard Glasser)

Chris Odom, robotics and physics teacher, recently demonstrated to visual arts teachers how the new laser cutter works and how it can support their programs.

“Chris’ demonstration consisted of etching a snowflake design in clay,” said director of visual arts and design, Danielle Picard-Sheehan. “We learned the broad scope of what the laser cutter can do and were inspired by how it could benefit art studies at George School.”

The new machine has the potential to be integrated into art classes such as photography, woodworking, ceramics, digital design, and stagecraft.

Using computer-aided design (CAD), the laser cutter can perform precise engraving operations into wood, fabric, fiberglass, and more. The new equipment will also allow students in robotics to create and cut pieces faster to assemble parts for their projects, and will complement the 3D printers and other tools in the Spruance-Alden Science Center lab.

Chris is enthusiastic about students having an opportunity to learn an additional skill that they can carry into their future. “It gives our students an advantage to already know how to use equipment they will see in college, in maker spaces, and future jobs,” Chris said.