Project Make, West County High School


Project Make is a 21st century shop class where we use state-of-the art tools to make wonderful things.


Project Make offers a unique and exciting opportunity for students to explore, discover and create through a variety of hands-on projects and activities. We learn to use some of the coolest tools available for creating and inventing: a laser cutter, a vinyl cutter, multiple 3D printers, and multiple CNC machines. We also do interesting small group activities (for example, popsicle stick bridges, tallest tower) and many hands-on activities including compressed air rockets. You have a chance to be creative with every assignment. There is no homework.


Project Make satisfies the practical art elective requirement for graduation and is open to all students grades 9 through 12. Sign up for Project Make during online registration.


If you have questions about the program feel free to contact Mr. Hays at


Here are some fun photos from things we've done in class:


Elephant while printing Elephant done

Elephant during 3D printing and then elephant finished printing to the right



Necklace cut on the laser cutter



Wooden characters created on the laser cutter


Stockings ornmanent, Savanna

Laser cut holiday ornament after painting


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A popsicle stick bridge, A bridge weighted down



A tennis ball holder made of only cardboard


Wall of nametags

Wall of hanging nametags, all laser cut and engraved