Renaissance Charter Academy

  • 1107 S Wasson Lane
  • River Falls, WI 54022
  • Phone: (715) 425-7687
  • Fax: (715) 425-0794
  • Principal
    Kit Luedtke
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CNC (ShopBot) Project

Our Goals

-Short Term *Done*

  • Raise $14,000+ to fund the purchase of a ShopBot® 96-48-6 to fulfill authentic real-world learning initiatives.

-Long Term

  • Partner with local industry to create a lasting connection.
  • Diversify and grow innovation and entrepreneurial skills to prepare and motivate our students to confidently succeed.

Stretch Goals *Done*

What is a ShopBot® and how does it work?

A ShopBot® is an amazing do-all tool for precisely cutting, carving, drilling or machining all kinds of things in all kinds of materials. With a ShopBot®, you use computer software to design your parts then, like a robot, the computer controls the cutter to precisely cut your parts. The ShopBot® moves a cutter around a big table and moves it up and down as well, allowing it to make 3D movements and cut shapes. The cutter looks like a drill bit and is spun by a motor called a spindle. Unlike a drill bit, a spindle bit is designed to cut from the sides as well as the tip. By precisely moving the cutter through material, a ShopBot® tool can create virtually any pattern or shape. (ShopBot® Tools Inc., 2013)

Learning 21st Century Skills

Renaissance Academy students will learn high tech manufacturing jobs that push the limits of technology by demanding bright individuals who understand and embrace the latest machining, electronic, computer, and other technologies. (Gold Collar Careers, 2013)

High School and Middle School Project Lead the Way

Students in the PLTW programs will have opportunities to prototype and or manufacture their innovations with the ShopBot® and help from trained Renaissance Academy students.

Elementary Workshops

Renaissance Academy staff and students will present on CADD and CAM, emphasizing STEM education and STEM careers. Students will learn to use CADD/CAM software to design a project for production on our ShopBot®.

Thank you to our Sponsors

Platinum $1,000+ 

First National Bank of River Falls
Forward Foundation
O'Keefe Inc.

River Falls Lions Club
St. Croix Gas

Gold $500

Family Fresh
River Falls Rotary Club
Westconsin Credit Union
 Silver $300

Dr. Carole Mottaz
John and Kim Stapleton
Minnesota Rubber and Plastics
Optimist Club of River Falls
 River Falls Industrial Center
Ross & Associates
Bronze $100

Ace Hardware of River Falls
Air Motion Systems
Associated Bank of River Falls
D & K Closets Inc.
Foley United
Randy Cudd Keller Williams Realty
Terry Traynor State Farm
Triple LJ Farms

Contact Information

Kyle Stapleton Renaissance Woodworkers Teacher 

  • Renaissance Charter Academy
  • 1107 S. Wasson Lane, River Falls, WI 54022
  • Phone: 715-425-7687 | Fax: 715-425-0794
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