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Figure 1. Assembled 3D model of Abraham Lincoln, made from laser-cut taskboard. Source: Epilog Laser

Schools across the country are faced with integrating STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) into their curriculum. That can be a daunting task. For teachers committed to hands-on, experiential learning, introducing a laser cutter into the classroom can make STEM lessons fun and much more accessible than learning from textbooks alone. Laser cutters and engravers bring lessons alive; educators know that when students make connections between the concepts in the classroom and concepts in the real world, more parts of their brains are activated and the knowledge gained through hands-on activity more easily transfers to long-term memory.

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Laser tag

Check out this amazing new lesson plan sponsored by Epilog Laser! Using vector-based graphic design software and an Epilog Laser cutter/engraver, students will learn to design and produce their very own custom backpack/luggage tag.

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Figure 1. A house and topography model. Source: Epilog Laser

Laser engravers are versatile pieces of equipment in schools. Not only do they offer a great way to teach students skilled craftsmanship, but they also provide a way for schools to save money on student and teacher awards, directional and instructional signage and various other projects that were once outsourced.

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Figure 1. Schools can save significant sums by engraving their own awards, plaques and signs. Source: Epilog Laser

For middle schools and high schools a high-quality, durable laser cutter engraver is a highly sought-after tool.

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Figure 1. After sending a job to the laser at the Pikes Peak Library District makerspace, operators eagerly wait for their projects to be completed. Source: Epilog Laser

Schools that have introduced laser cutting in a woodworking or engineering program offer students the ability to create projects as varied as balsa wood airplanes to gumball machines. More

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Figure 1. Laser engraving machines are increasingly a part of educational curriculums. Source: Ulrikabergfors/CC BY-SA 4.0

Kids love to make things — and when those things are made with machines, the fun increases exponentially. More

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