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This article originally appeared in Object magazine issue 63. A list of all articles from fab8nz is available here.

The context of the Fab Lab network intrinsically promotes learning without conscious effort, simply by having a mandate of open access and encouraging new users to enter, experiment and play. At fab8nz, many Labs from around the world reported on various education programs they were running, both formally and informally. San Diego, for example, has 35 accredited classes, while Iceland’s Vestmannaeyjar Fab Lab has developed Fab Kids (12–15yrs) and Fab Juniors (16–20yrs) to complement the existing Fab Academy, teaching similar ideas at each level but with different capability entry points.

The North East Ohio Mobile Fab Lab develops classes utilising the Lab in school, working with K–8 students and brining high school students to assist. Rather than acting as a field trip, the mobile Lab spends time with teachers in advance, creating ways to use the mobile Lab to address requirements of the curriculum. Students and teachers work on the designs prior to the Lab’s arrival so that the tools can be employed en masse when the Lab is present.

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Pozible Cake Stall — 2nd Instalment

You may have read about Object’s internal fund raising toward our Design Emergency Pozible campaign — the now infamous cake stalls.  Well I can tell you that we are all a little bit rounder around our tummies after eating our way throguh another successful cake stall the other week. We have been able to increase the Pozible amount by another $150.  It might seem a small amount in the big scheme, but remember that every little bit counts towards us reaching our final target of $20,000.

So dear friends, for the sake of all our waists and the need for another cake stall to help reach the target, please remember to make your pledge before midday 5 November 2012. Head here to visit the Pozible campaign site and watch the video; here to find out more about Design Emergency; here to read a live blog of the recent Design Emergency celebration, and; here to read a live blog of the Design Emergency intensive workshop that took place as part of Vivid Creative Ideas in May this year.

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Design Emergency Event — Live

Tonight we are throwing an event celebrating the achievements of Design Emergency. We open the gallery doors to allow people to hear why Design Emergency is an education revolution, to find out more about the program, and to mingle with some wine and cheese and learn more from Object team members.

Speeches from Object’s Director Steven Pozel and Head of Learning Annette Mauer will be followed by an address from special guest and Design Emergency Champion Louise Olsen, Creative Director at Dinosaur Designs. If you can’t make it, check out our Pozible campaign to raise money for the development of a digital strategy, so more kids can get involved around the country.

This blog will be updated throughout the evening (from 5:30–8pm AEDT), so check back in to find out the latest. (You may need to clear you browser’s cache to access new information.) And feel free to leave your thoughts in the comments section below!

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Design Emergency on Pozible

Earlier this week, Object: Australian Design Centre launched a Pozible campaign to raise funds and awareness for the digital development of our outreach education program, Design Emergency.

After over a year of piloting the program in schools around New South Wales, with a one-day workshop involving five schools as part of Vivid Ideas earlier this year, Object is ready to explore how to take the program to schools nationally. All of the feedback from the pilots indicated that Design Emergency needed to go digital so that it can be accessed by all, and that’s exactly what we’re asking you to help with.

We’ve set ourselves a minimum $20,000 goal to help develop a digital strategy — though anything we raise above this figure will help us to develop better strategies and move the pilots towards a program available to all students. As a way of instilling creative problem solving skills applicable to all areas of the curriculum, and, indeed, everything we do as we live and work, Design Emergency strives to create a generation of design thinkers and expert problem solvers.

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