Our higher ups embrace the concept of STEM. Until it costs money. It seems though that what is STEM means good photo op with robots and computers. Welding is STEM, sewing is STEM, making or fixing anything with your hands, brain is STEM.
I was able to convince our higher ups to purchase a 3D printer for the lab. Any student can use it with permission or my fellow colleagues. We can make models for teaching or students can do projects. No cell phone cases though. It must be a school project.