Any curious passerbys may have noticed the mysterious mechanical hum of machinery emanating from room 118 throughout the past week. The unlikely culprit? Four 3D printers, courtesy of Indy's own "1st Maker Space." Dr. Pignan Shi, teacher of the new "Introduction to Engineering" class, uses the printers daily in his lessons. For high school students, the lessons learned in the class are invaluable. "Students learn 3D design and printing and how the design process works," explains Dr. Shi.
There are few teachers more qualified to teach an Engineering class. Dr. Shi holds a doctorate in engineering and worked in the engineering world for over a decade before becoming a teacher. Now his passion is to educate students for the future. "We are at the beginning of the fourth industrial revolution," says Dr. Shi. "The future our students are facing is radically different from what their parents faced. Today's students need to learn engineering skills to be successful in the real world."