The first part of this article describes a maker-space initiative at the he Lenoir City School District near Knoxville, Tennessee. It sounds nice. "Engineering volunteers—many of whom live in a nearby retirement village—come out at least once a week to help students use the equipment and place engineering lessons in a real world context." The interesting bit is where virtual learning fits in. The students wanted to take advanced placement (AP), participate in the band or honors chorus, and be part of the STEM academy, and the didn't have time for all their required courses, so "the district started allowing them to take some of these required courses for graduation online." The unfortunate bit is that they also started charging the students money for this. This is where state (or provincial) support should come in, so these can be accessible to all students.