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Fab Lab is the educational outreach component of MIT’s Center for Bits and Atoms (CBA), an extension of its research into digital fabrication and computation. Fab Lab is short for fabrication laboratory and is a technical prototyping platform for innovation and invention, providing stimulus for local entrepreneurship. A Fab Lab is also a platform for learning and innovation: a place to play, to create, to learn, to mentor, to invent. To be a Fab Lab means connecting to a global community of learners, educators, technologists, researchers, makers and innovators- -a knowledge sharing network that spans 30 countries and 24 time zones. Because all Fab Labs share common tools and processes, the program is building a global network, a distributed laboratory for research and invention.
FabLab visits are free. Individual students can visit Fab Labs whenever they have open hours to the public. The Fab Lab may require an adult guardian for students under the age of 18.
Free to visit.
Individual students can visit Fab Labs whenever they have open hours to the public. The Fab Lab may require an adult guardian for students under the age of 18. A map of the world Fab Labs can be found here: https://www.fablabs.io/map. Currently, there is only one certified Fab Lab located in Tennessee: Fab Lab STEM Chattanooga. This Fab Lab is located at 4501 Amnicola Hwy, Chattanooga, TN 37406 at STEM School Chattanooga on the Chattanooga State Community College campus. Hours of operation for this Fab Lab are 9:30am to 4:30pm EST from Monday thru Friday and students and educators can visit during these times. In order to schedule a visit of Fab Lab STEM Chattanooga, interested participants should contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Outcome of the Activity:
Students will have the opportunity to explore the technologies they would use if they pursue a career in advanced manufacturing or engineering and learn how the engineering design process to design, improve and produce a desired outcome is implemented. According to a recent article from the Brookings Institute, "the future of manufacturing in America is going to be high-value, high-tech, and more automated—dominated by new production technologies and fast-evolving supply chain practices." Students that visit Fab Labs and develop these in-demand skills will position themselves to meet the needs of our future workforce.