Meet the Interns for the 2017-2018 School Year

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Ben Jarvis

Ben is an 18 year old Senior at the MET School – East Bay. He lives in Bristol, RI where he has been exposed to many valuable STEAM experiences from a young age.  The 2018-’19 School Year will be Ben’s second year as a FabLabxMET Intern. This summer was also his second year acting as a Camp Counselor at our SkunkWorks Summer Experience. Ben has taken two 3D Design & Prototyping classes focusing on everything from Traditional Analog Design to cutting edge, industry grade, digital 3D Modeling software like Fusion 360. In addition, he has already earned 8 URI credits through taking the ACN/URI CS 101 & 106 Class at FabNewport in 2016. On top of all this, Ben & a student at Rogers High School have started their own custom, small batch, Design & Manufacturing company. By using the skills in Design, 3D Printing and Laser Etching  that he has learned, his company is already turning a profit & they have as many clients as they can handle.

Tech Ben Knows: Arduino, Rasberry Pi, Vinyl Cutter, Laser Cutter, 3D Scanner & Printer, 2D & 3D Design Software(Holds Industry Recognized Certification in Fusion 360)

Current Project: Aquidneck Fabrication (Design & Manufacturing Company started with Student from Rogers High School)

Dream Job: Programming & Working with Robotics

Ronnie Lacerda

Ronnie is a 15 year old Sophomore at the MET School — East Bay. Currently our youngest intern, Ronnie stood out from his age group, showing unbridled creativity, ingenuity, and imagination. He began his relationship with FabNewport over the last four years, attending our Tech Camps every summer! However, summer 2018 was a watershed for Ronnie because instead of just being a camper, he worked as a Jr. Counselor for the first time! For the 7 weeks of our Skunkworks Summer Experience, Ronnie excelled as a student ambassador & mentor for campers that were, for all intents & purposes, his own age. The campers looked up to him for his knowledge and skills, and he enjoyed explaining his techniques to them when asked. Ronnie’s Maker Specialties include an example of a hydraulic arm, a model of Master Chief’s Battle Rifle & Helmet, and most recently, a Medieval Helmet & Chest Plate made of sheet metal, leather & riveted copper accents. In addition to being an excellent Scale Model maker, using everything from his hands to 3D Printers and the Laser Cutter, he is currently learning to use Fusion 360; with which he will be able to create custom scale models constructed of individually designed parts & components. Once all the pieces for a model are designed, they can be manufactured en masse and sold as kits to be put together at home!

Tech Ronnie Knows: Vinyl Cutter, Laser Cutter, 3D Printer, 2D & 3D Design Software(Holds Industry Recognized Certification in Fusion 360)

Current Project: Modular Kits of Scale Models & Leather/Chain Link Scale Male 

Dream Job: Still Undecided!