Makerspace Lab

RMHS students participate in the school’s new Makerspace Lab. From left, Ethan Behr, Rachael Beaudin, and Patrick Kwass of South Burlington, Caleb Matosky of Shelburne, and Mike Mazzella of Milton.

Rice Memorial High School opened a new Makerspace Lab this past fall to give students an opportunity to share ideas and solve real-world problems, while developing critical thinking and engineering skills.

Their first project was in response to the University of Vermont’s Aiken Engineering Challenge earlier this month. Students will next work on test-case scenarios inspired by St. Michael’s College’s chapter of GoBabyGo!, a University of Delaware program that modifies ride-on toy cars to fit the individual needs of young children with mobility issues.

To get started, the Rice Makerspace is seeking donations of materials including Velcro, old Power Wheels cars with chargers and batteries, pool noodles, furniture padding and or cushions, old bicycle wheels, PVC piping of various sizes - especially 1/2 and 3/4 inch and connectors, cardboard, and kneeboards. To donate materials, contact Mike Mazzella at

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