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Fab Lab Visits SPS

Carnegie Science Center Fab Lab

The Fab Lab was here! Carnegie Science Center’s Mobile Fab Lab is a mobile maker space using 3D printers, laser and vinyl cutters, a Shop Bot, and more to give students the opportunity to experience the STEM-based maker movement. Students take their designs from computer screens to robotic machines. From conception to fabrication, students learn how to turn "bits" into "its."

Students work in teams to design, prototype, and test projects. These two-hour or longer challenges are designed to use basic making materials as well as digital fabrication machines so that teams are introduced to the software and hardware capabilities of the Mobile Fab Lab. 

Grades 3-6 were challenged to program a ball-like robot called a sphero and then design a “chariot” on the computer which the sphero must pull. Using an iPad, the students, used block coding to move the sphero in many directions. On the computer, they then drew the “chariot” and “printed” it out from foam materials on the laser cutter.

Grades 7&8 were tasked to draw a glider on the computer and “print” it on the laser cutter out of foam. The glider was then assembled, tested, and modifications were made to improve flight.The team from the Science Center also demonstrated a 3D printer and other tech marvels. The Fab Lab was brought to SPS through the efforts of the GALA committee who sponsored and funded this fabulous learning opportunity. THANK YOU!!!

 

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