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FabNewport FutureLab program students joined by (back row, left to right):  FabNewport Coach/Chris Gross; BankNewport Executive Vice President/Digital and Technology Strategy, John Sullivan; FabNewport Executive Director, Steven Heath; FabNewport Intern, Alex Pardus (University of Delaware); FabNewport Coach/Seiji Abe; and FabNewport Director of Instruction/Josie Michaud (standing, far right).

(November 14, 2017) – BankNewport extended a $5,000 grant to FabNewport to help fund a FutureLab pilot program, an extension of their popular after-school program.  BankNewport Executive Vice President of Digital and Technology Strategy, John Sullivan recently joined FabNewport Executive Director, Steven Heath for youth demonstrations of their mastery of design technology.   

FabNewport’s FutureLab pilot summer program offered nine youth ages 10 to 15, the opportunity to refine their skills in 2D and 3D design and advanced manufacturing. The youth used computer controlled routers, laser cutters, vinyl cutters, and 3D printers, to design and manufacture products which they old on Tuesdays at the local farmers market. 

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FabNewport FutureLab program students Kevin Ochoa (standing,
green shirt),Ethan Southworth (standing, black shirt) and Jayden
Sutherland (seated front, red shirt) share design technology
applications with BankNewport Executive Vice President/Digital
and Technology Strategy, John Sullivan. 


The FutureLab program also focused on growing the students physical fitness and career awareness. They pedaled over 300 miles, including a trip from Providence to Bristol, visited two dozen businesses, learned how to swim and make hammocks. The program culminated with a showcase at FabNewport’s Annual Maker Party.

About FabNewport

The mission of FabNewport is to liberate the maker intrinsic in all of us, centered on the idea that one can make almost anything with the right set of tools. Founded in 2013, FabNewport is a community maker space providing access to powerful technology, coaching and community support.  The Lab, located in the Florence Gray Center in the north end of Newport, Rhode Island, actively partners with schools, libraries, community partners, businesses and individuals.  For more information, contact FabNewport at (401) 439-0160. 

About BankNewport

Founded in 1819 and headquartered in Newport, BankNewport offers a full suite of loan and deposit products and services for families and businesses throughout Rhode Island.  In addition, OceanPoint Insurance Agency, Inc., a subsidiary of BankNewport, offers a broad range of property casualty insurance products and a full array of financial services.  With 16 banking offices and $1.4 billion in assets, BankNewport is one of the oldest community banks in the United States and, as a mutual organization, is committed to the financial success of its customers, employees and communities.