Makers all over the world are releasing their imagination through creating, making, playing and designing. Makerspaces are places where they can access maker tools and technologies, gather feedback on their projects and learn from other makers' inspirations. Fab labs (fabrication laboratories), while often used interchangeably with makerspaces are labs and makerspaces with advanced equipment such as CAD (computer-aided design) software, 3D scanners and printers, milling machines and some other equipment to help users make anything after taking introductory training in basic engineering and design.
Such labs have great educational potential. The public school students in this video have access to a fab lab to exercise their creativity with daily fabrication. Students from various age ranges all find ways to use the lab. With learning support and resources at the lab, students can turn their abstract concepts into more tangible products for experimentation and innovation. The lab also opens to community members after school hours, which turns it into an innovative center for entrepreneurs, artists, designers and makers of all kinds.
What values do you see in this fab lab for education? Do you have any product ideas in mind that might come true at such fab labs? Share your thoughts with other educators in the discussion on Vialogues.
@01:45 johnlee: Students feel empowered at the fab lab by producing things, not passively reading textbooks.
@04:01 johnlee: Students find ways to apply their math knowledge to productions.