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fab8nz Education

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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