Chris Chapman is the Director of Technology and Design for The Daniel Zalik Academy and Manager of the MIT- Inspired Fab Lab at The Weber School. Mr. Chapman developed the curriculum for The Daniel Zalik Academy of Science, Technology, Engineering and Design and designed the accompanying MIT-inspired Fab Lab for this revolutionary academy.
The Daniel Zalik Academy of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Design
The Daniel Zalik Academy, housed in a MIT-Inspired Fab Lab supports hands-on experimentation in disciplines that include engineering, digital, 3D, fashion and multi-media design, robotics, architecture and science research.
The MIT-inspired Fab Lab is a platform for innovation and invention, connecting to a global community of fabricators, artists, scientists, engineers, educators, students, amateurs, and professionals of all ages located in more than 78 countries in approximately 1,000 facilities. Because all MIT-inspired Fab Labs share common tools and processes, the program is building a global network, a distributed laboratory for research and invention. Through the MIT-inspired FAB LAB network, students will become members of an international science and technological innovation community, engaging in collaboration beyond the confines of Atlanta and building long-term relationships with current professionals and future colleagues in Israel and worldwide. The Weber School is particularly excited with the opportunity for The Daniel Zalik Academy students to work with leading scientists, designers and engineers through the Fab Lab network in Israel.
Serving students at The Weber School, along with those attending partner Jewish day schools, public schools and other Jewish programs in Atlanta, The Daniel Zalik Academy is modeled after the highly innovative Mitchell and Guerin Academies at The Milken Community Schools in Los Angeles and will offer unparalleled educational opportunities unique to the landscape of public and private schools in the Southeast.
The Daniel Zalik Academy will enable Weber to provide a revolutionary educational model that expresses our mission as a Jewish community high school in new, dynamic ways. We are proud to offer this distinct opportunity for learning and leadership for students at Weber and beyond, ensuring that the Atlanta Jewish community produces the next generation of ethically informed Jewish scientists, engineers, tech specialists and designers prepared to leverage their learning in ways that serve our community and the broader world.
Rabbi Ed Harwitz
We are humbled to establish The Daniel Zalik Academy to honor the life of our beloved brother. May his memory be a blessing. We hope that it serves as a catalyst for the Weber School, attracting students with a passion for science, technology and design, and enabling them to leverage the FAB LAB tools, renowned faculty and resources,” said David and Helen Zalik, principals of the Zalik Foundation Fund. “Our dream is that The Daniel Zalik Academy enables Weber to serve its student body and the broader Jewish community. The investment is a testament to the school’s leadership and furthers our mission to improve Jewish education in a manner that empowers young minds to unleash their potential and better society.