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Tuesday, January 18, 2022 7:01 pm

Deadline approaching for students to apply for FWCS Amp Lab

ASHLEY SLOBODA | The Journal Gazette

Fort Wayne Community Schools sophomores and juniors have less than two weeks to apply for a spot in Amp Lab at Electric Works, the district's immersive half-day program launching in August.

And the district – which filled three Amp Lab positions last week – is seeking applications for more roles, including teachers and support personnel.

Amp Lab will occupy a former office building known as Building 31 on the former General Electric campus.

Riley Johnson, Amp Lab director, views the program as a place for students to collaborate and solve problems together. Rather than preparing students for one job or industry, he said, the program will give them the tools to tackle problems across a wide variety of industries.

Amp Lab will feature four distinct studios, Johnson said: a science research and development lab with a greenhouse, a content creators lab, a maker space and fabrication lab and a collaboration lab.

Amp Lab has capacity for 400 students – 200 in the morning and 200 in the afternoon.

Each FWCS high school is allotted a specific number of spaces based on its enrollment. If a school receives fewer applicants than slots available, the remaining openings could be given to a school that had more applicants than allotted spaces, district spokeswoman Krista Stockman said.

The application window opened Jan. 10 and runs through Jan. 28. Students apply through their high school counselor.

If necessary, enrollment will go to a lottery, Stockman said.

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