Hands-on Field Trips
Fab Lab offers an immersive year-round STEAM workshop experience for grades K-12. We offer half-day or full-day field trips for the following topics. Each workshop is approximately 2-3 hours long and can be combined for with lunch break for maximum learning experience. Please email us with workshop name and number of students attending for a quote.
•3D Modeling from TinkerCAD to Autodesk 360 Fusion
Beginner: TinkerCAD is a beginner-friendly interface for 3D modeling used to make toys, prototypes, home decor, Minecraft models, jewelry – the list is truly endless!
Intermediate to Advanced: Autodesk Fusion 360 is a powerful, easy and user-friendly 3D application that can create amazing and complex objects starting from basic shapes or sketches. These objects can then be 3D printed or manufactured with CNC, laser cutters, water jet cutters, etc. The ability to start from content reduces the learning curve and avoids the need of the level of abstraction required when starting from a black canvas and sketches.
•3D Scanning and 3D Printing
Using a hand-held high-quality 3D scanner, students will learn to use the device to generate a full-color 360° 3D model of themselves that can be edited and remixed in TinkerCAD or Autodesk 360 Fusion. These avatars can also be inserted into gaming environments. The models can also be 3D printed in single-color to create a classic bust or statue of the student.
•Circuits and Electronics
We offer workshop in both electronic soldering for older students as well as solderless circuitry projects. Using award-winning and innovative STEAM kits, we engage students in out-of-the-box thinking with creative goal-driven projects such as making conductive controllers out of everyday objects and assembling their own synthesizer keyboard using modular, snap-together electronics.
•Virtual Reality / Augmented Reality
In this workshop, we introduce students to the underlying design and technological concepts that drive VR and AR. With immersive HTC VIVE, full-room scale virtual reality system, the entire Media Lab can be turned into a virtual space for exploration and experimentation. We will cover topics such as creating 3D environments and camera rigs. Each student will take home a virtual reality headset with special viewing lenses for VR apps on smartphones.
•Coding and Robotics
EZ Robots, Sphero, and Lego Mindstorms are some of the most expandable and feature packed robotics platform. Join us for a fun workshop covering Coding, Automation, Camera Tracking, Speech Recognition, LED Lighting, and more.
Like a workshop that we’ve offered to the public and want it replicated for your students? Let us know! We will try our best to accommodate.
We offer an affordable 1-hour field trip option of a presentation of the Maker’s Movement and a general tour of our makerspace. Please contact us for more information on our flat-rate Maker Tour for groups.
Our weekly STE(A)M-focused summer camps are for ages 8-13, combining fun and learning with an unforgettable experience. The camps teach the kids to think and work like real scientists, engineers, developers and creative designers. Our campers get to work on cool projects, hands-on activities, engage in fun and developing real-world products and digital creation.
For 2017, we offer a 3-week camp. Week by week registration available on our Calendar for July.
• Week 1: Science of Fun
Do you love games? If yes, you might also like to learn how games are made—from virtual 360 environments to character designing. We will use 3D scanning, 3D modeling, and 3D printing technologies to create our very own 3D avatar. Let’s use Scratch programming to design a simple game using modular coding blocks. In this week-long camp, we will experience new technologies and platforms for gaming such as augmented reality and virtual reality to explore what the game interface of the future would look like.
Topics to be covered: Game Design, 3D Scanning, 3D Modeling, 3D Printing, Virtual Reality, Augmented Reality, Storytelling
• Week 2: Engineers and Rock Stars
Be part of an awesome production team and produce the coolest music video ever. Join us for a week of audiovisual discovery with quadcopter aerial photography, 360 videography. Build an elaborate “domino-effect” machine for video and help compose cool sound effects for an electronic music original score with the instructor. Experience a high-voltage Tesla Coil that shoots real lightning and makes musical tunes. Learn about the science and technologies that make all of it possible.
Topics to be covered: Circuits, Electronic Music, MIDI Controllers, Synthesizers, Tesla Coils, Drones, Videography, Rube-Goldberg Machines
•Week 3: Designing the Earth
How do you envision your future? Our beautiful blue planet is changing rapidly. These changes will heavily impact younger generations and your job market in the future. In this week of camp, let’s delve into robotics and automation through basic coding for Raspberry Pi printed circuit boards. Learn about how citizen science data-collection technologies are changing the field of environmental science. Explore genetically modified organisms and get hands-on experience setting up a mini-aquaponics system. We will further our understanding of solar and alternative energy through daily projects. Let’s imagine a green future for our home in the galaxy.
Topics to be covered: Coding, Raspberry Pi, Data-Collection, Biohacking, Sustainability, Green Design, Urban Farming, Alternative Energy
Development and Training
We provide training with specialization in digital fabrication for GT educators and coordinators who will be maintaining and implementing STEM curriculums. Topics to be covered include but are not limited to
•Maintaining 3D Printers
•Open-Source STEM Educational Resources
•3D Modeling and Basic CAD Training
•STEAM Kits and Project Ideas
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