Why invest in a Fab Lab?
A fabrication laboratory (Fab Lab) is a place to play, create, learn and invent.
A Fab Lab provides an enhanced learning and creation environment for the public schools, area business, artists, and the community at-large of Osceola.
It is comprised of specific industrial tools and software which enable individuals to make almost anything – to design and produce low cost, multi-dimensional prototypes and physical structures of wood, plastic, metal, or other materials – for hands-on learning or for data sharing. A Fab Lab fosters problem solving and innovation for inquisitive minds of all ages.
Fab Academy, an internationally distributed campus for technical education, has emerged from the Fab Lab program. The Fab Academy provides instruction and supervises investigation of mechanisms, applications, and implications of digital fabrication.
The network collaboration FabEd is being formed to provide support for formal education and resources for professional development for teachers and educators. The FabEd collaboration is a coordinated effort led by The Fab Foundation and TIES, the Teaching Institute for Excellence in STEM, to build and support the movement of digital fabrication into formal education.
Why have a Fab Lab in Osceola?
Osceola’s connection to this program from MIT and the associated global community makes the Village an attractive location for students, residents, businesses and artisans looking for the local and global resources a Fab Lab provides.
The Fab Lab will reside in the Discovery Center, openly accessible to innovators, businesses and individuals of all ages. It will be a positive attraction for businesses and people looking to relocate here. It will be a complement to our superior public school system and will support the ongoing development of a workforce with an appreciation for Science, Technology, Engineering and Math.
Where did Fab Labs come from?
Fab Labs were an educational outreach component of MIT’s Center for Bits and Atoms (CBA), an extension of its research into digital fabrication and computation.
According to the Fab Lab Foundation, a US non-profit 501(c) 3 organization that emerged from MIT, Fab Labs were originally designed for communities as prototyping platforms for local entrepreneurship, Fab Labs are increasingly being adopted by schools as platforms for project-based, hands-on STEM education. Users learn by designing and creating objects of personal interest. They are empowered by the experience of making something themselves. They both learn and mentor each other, gaining deep knowledge about the machines, the materials, the design process, and the engineering that goes into invention and innovation.