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Fort Worth ISD’s YMLA Officially Opens William H. Koehler Design Den


The Young Men's Leadership Academy recently celebrated the official opening of the Dr. William H. Koehler Design Den. 

Over the next three years, the Sid W. Richardson Foundation and the YMLA Community Advisory Board are donating $210,000 to support the Makerspace, which is being utilized by the engineering program. The den is named for former Fort Worth ISD Board President William H. Koehler.

“I’m beyond surprised and very humbled,” Koehler said. Watch the video of the ribbon-cutting ceremony.

The Design Den opened to ninth through 12th-grade students in August, but October 23 was the first fully-operational day for the Makerspace. The den allows YMLA engineer scholars the capability to design and produce items using additive and subtractive manufacturing methods as well as create basic wood work and perform 3D carving and printing tasks. Additional functions include laser engraving and CNC (computer numerical controlled) milling.

On Oct. 23, engineer scholars visited with invited guests and created products for them to take home using the den’s technology.

Principal Rodney White said the design den allows his students to utilize state-of-the-art equipment while learning about marketable engineering strands.

“When we have donors give state-of-the-art equipment like this to our young men, it validates their work in and out of the classroom,” he said.  


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