ALBEMARLE COUNTY, Va. (WVIR) - Students in a two-week pilot program at Albemarle High School are getting ready to unveil over a dozen new inventions.

Thanks to a $47,000 grant from the Department of Education, students got the opportunity to test out new ideas they think would make great additions in the classroom.

“Get them to use some of the machines from 3D printers to laser cutters to hand tools, welding, we've got a whole wealth of projects,” said computer science teacher Eric Bredder.

Inventions range from a swinging couch, to a cellphone case that holds a water bottle.

The goal of it all isn't necessarily the final product, it's the process: “Allow them to build out their ideas in an entrepreneurial fashion, just to learn some soft skills, problem solving, critical thinking, team building,” Bredder said.

Students will present their finished projects to a panel of judges on Thursday, and the class wraps up Friday.