What is The Daniel Zalik Academy?


Math teacher Spencer Roby is seen here at the Guerin Academy at The Milken School in Los Angeles after making a sign with the Trotec Speedy 400 Flexx Laser Cutter (Leigh Herman/ The Weber School).

Ben Ragals

Starting next school year, The Weber School will open the brand new Daniel Zalik Academy, a state-of-the-art science, technology, engineering and design institute housed within a M.I.T. inspired Fab Lab. The Daniel Zalik Academy is modeled after the Mitchell and Guerin Academies at The Milken School in Los Angeles. The M.I.T. inspired Fab Lab, or Fabrication Laboratory, will be the center of all student science, technology, engineering and design projects and will be used cross-functionally by most academic departments at Weber. It will be located in a fully renovated space, formerly the senior lounge, on Weber’s second floor. Weber’s Fab Lab will be led by experts in the field of TED (technology, engineering and design) including Weber Programming & Curriculum Coordinator of TED Chris Chapman.

The Daniel Zalik Academy was made possible by a generous grant from the Zalik Foundation Fund, a charity founded by Helen and David Zalik. The fund is named for David’s late brother, Daniel.

Weber’s Fab Lab will be connected to a network of other Fab Labs around the world. Weber students will have the opportunity to communicate and collaborate with students, teachers and industry professionals at the Mitchell and Guerin Academies, as well as Fab Labs in Israel and around the globe.

Many courses in the TED field will be centered around design, prototyping, computer science and 3D modeling. View all of the classes in The Daniel Zalik Academy pamphlet. Students will begin in “Basecamp Studio” which will teach basic knowledge in TED. There are paths to follow in order to gain expertise in certain areas, which all lead up to “Apex Studio.” Apex Studio is described as “…the pinnacle of TED education at Weber” according to Mr. Chapman.

The Weber Fab Lab will feature state of the art tools and machines including twelve 3D printers, a CNC router, a plasma cutter and more. Here’s a list of the included machines:

Trotec Speedy 400 Flexx  Laser Cutter
Shopbot 4×8 CNC Alpha  CNC Router
Prusa i3 Mk3  3D Printer
Formlabs Form2  3D Printer
Roland VersaCAMM 540  Vinyl Cutter
Roland MDX-50 Milling Machine  Mini Mill
Lincoln Electric Tomahawk 1000  Plasma Cutter
Millermatic 212 Auto-Set MIG  MIG Welding

You can read more about The Daniel Zalik Academy on The Weber School website.