Forging Ahead

Forging Ahead

March 31st 2023

The SC School for the Deaf and Blind (SCSDB) Foundation hosted funders at a ribbon cutting ceremony celebrating the school’s new Glowforge machines.

The Glowforge machines, generously funded by AFL, Duke Energy Foundation and the Junior League of Spartanburg, are state-of-the-art laser cutters and engravers that allow students to explore the fields of science, technology, engineering, art and mathematics (STEAM) in a hands-on, innovative way. With this new technology, students are able to create complex designs, prototypes and more with ease.

“Thanks to the donor’s contributions, our students now have access to cutting-edge technology that allows them to create stunning, intricate designs,” said Jolene Madison, SCSDB president. “With the glowforge, our students’ can turn their ideas into reality and bring their imaginations to life.”

At the ribbon cutting, examples of designs created by students on the Glowforge machines were displayed, including seasonal wreaths, ornaments, pins and other items. Funders were given pins, designed with the ASL sign for “I Love You” made by students in thanks for their generosity. This event marked the third ribbon cutting hosted at the South Carolina School for the Deaf and the Blind this year.

"We are thrilled to provide our students with this technology, which will enable them to develop their skills and unlock their creativity in new and exciting ways," said Sam Hook, SCSDB Foundation executive director. "The Glowforge machines are an invaluable tool for our fine arts program, and we are excited to see the incredible projects our students will create with them."


Watch a video of the event here.

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