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Describe the Activity:
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.
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.
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.