Farmington Hills — A group of eighth-graders are getting a head start on the school year this week at Hillel Day School.

The students returned early to Hillel’s Innovation Hub and Maker Space for training on becoming mentors for younger students in areas ranging from engineering to film.

During a “boot camp” that began Tuesday and runs through Friday, the students are learning modeling and other skills to help younger children use the school’s high-tech, flexible study spaces, which include a 3-D printer and a new greenhouse.

The school, which has about 500 students, completed $5.3 million in upgrades last fall, including the innovation hub, which contains an audiovisual studio, science and music studios and interactive televisions.

Hillel Day School’s Trevett Allen and Jacob Banooni, 13, work Tuesday on an earthquake table for science classes in the school’s Innovation Hub and Maker Space.

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