Oakland High School, Illinois, USA Jon Welch, a British born teacher, has had a special relationship with Formech for years. He works as a teacher in Oakland High School and was instrumental in receiving the loan of a 300XQ vacuum forming machine for students to use in their classes.
But the high school teacher stayed in contact, and when the new Formech NewForm vacuum forming machine was launched, the Inspire team arranged to visit Jon at his school. Formech provided the use of a NewForm machine, which travelled from classroom to classroom, performing some pretty surprising tasks.
It made chocolate molds in a food technology class, music stands in a music lesson, theatrical masks in an English class, a voting box in geography, and more. The reactions from both faculty and students were incredible, and everyone took away inspiration and skills for using the machine in their class – and with a real understanding of the cross-subject application of vacuum forming.
Oakland High School still have a Formech machine, on loan courtesy of the Inspire team. Being able to get new skills, new technology, and new ideas into the hands of young people is something Inspire aims to do wherever possible.