Fab Lab

Opening May 14, 2016

We’re thrilled to share the Museum will open the nation’s first early childhood Fab Lab. Fab Labs are high tech makerspaces, with machines like 3D printers and laser cutters, which build STEM skills through hands-on learning. A growing, global network, the Fab Lab model has increasingly been adopted by upper elementary, middle and high schools. However, there are no Fab Labs for young children… yet.

In collaboration with the Teaching Institute for Excellence in STEM (TIES) and the Fab Foundation, the Museum will prototype the first Fab Lab specifically for early childhood. Geared towards children 3 to 10 years old, our Fab Lab will offer a space where young visitors can use technology to find solutions to challenges and bring their ideas to life.

Help Us Prototype Our New Fab Lab

Get exclusive access to the nation’s first early childhood Fab Lab before it opens to the public on May 14! We are inviting children (ages 4 – 10) to 60- to 90-minute sessions to help us prototype design software for the Fab Lab. Kids will have the opportunity to use design software to draw with tablets. This testing will provide Museum staff with valuable feedback that informs our programming going forward. We will also have a laser cut project table open, where kids can play with laser cut pieces, like interlocking shapes, to create sculptures and designs.

Each session (listed below) is limited to 15 children max.

These sessions are free for members or free with Museum admission.

To sign up for a session, please click on a specific date below to fill out the signup form. 

 

Fab Lab Prototype Sessions:

April 13, 1-2:30 p.m.

April 20, 1-2:30 p.m.

April 27, 1-2:30 p.m. 

Thank you to our generous Fab Lab supporters

 

Institutions

           

The Capital Group Companies Charitable Foundation 

Caplan Foundation for Early Childhood 

Sparkfactor.org

 

Individuals

Anonymous

Zoe & Scott Faber

Gwen Hinze & Ernest Chow

Anne Kerr & Matthew L’Heureux

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