FabLearn 2011

FabLearn 2011: Digital Fabrication in Education Workshop

December 9-10, 2011

Watch Paulo's TEDx Talk: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ylhfpDAniqM

Are you curious about digital fabrication? Do you want to build your own FabLab or create customized curricula? Do you want to be part of a growing community of fabrication labs in K-12 education?

Dr. Paulo Blikstein welcomes you to attend a two-day workshop hosted by Stanford University's Transformative Learning Technologies Lab (TLTL). The two days will include keynote speakers Mike Eisenberg (U. of Colorado), Mark Gross (Carnegie Mellon University), Neil Gershenfeld (MIT), and Dale Dougherty (MAKE Magazine), plus expert panels, and hands-on activities:

Although this event is by invitation only, we will be offering a handful of open invitations, so please feel free to forward this link to possible interested parties: http://bit.ly/oovX2p. Please contact Darri Stephens, darrowstephens@gmail.com, with any additional questions.


December 9th & 10th, 2011

Friday & Saturday, 9:00 AM- 4:00 PM


Transformative Learning Technologies Lab @ CERAS

Center for Educational Research at Stanford
520 Galvez Mall,
Stanford University, CA 94305

Preliminary Schedule:


8:30-9:00 - Breakfast & Registration

9:00-9:15 - Welcome & Introductions, Paulo Blikstein

9:15-10:00 - Dr. Mike Eisenberg, CRAFT Lab, U. of Colorado: "(Re)Constructing Our Ideas of Learning"

10:00-10:45 - Dr. Mark Gross, Carnegie Mellon University: "Design, Making and Creativity"

10:45-11:30 - Lab Tours & Demos

11:30-12:00 - Panel, Paulo Blikstein, Mike Eisenberg, Mark Gross

12:00-1:00 - Lunch

1:00-1:30 - Neil Gershelfeld, MIT, Center for Bits and Atoms, and FabLab: "FabLab: Present and Future"

1:30-2:00 - Dale Dougherty, Editor, MAKE Magazine and Maker Faire: "MAKE!"

2:00-3:00 - FabLab@School demos: Laser and Vinyl Cutting/Robotics & Sensing

3:00-4:00 - Design Thinking Workshop, Adam Royalty (Stanford’s d.school)


8:30-9:00 - Breakfast

9:00-9:30 - “Young Makers” Kids Panel (Children talk about their experience as makers)

9:30-10:15 - Digital Fabrication Pedagogy and assessment (How to teach and learn in fabrication labs)

10:15-12:15 - Hands-On Digital Fabrication Challenge, Part I

12:15-1:15 - Lunch

1:15-3:00 - Hands-On Digital Fabrication Challenge, Part II

3:00-3:30 - Expo

3:30-4:00 - Closing

(Schedule subject to change)


  • There is a minimal fee due to materials' cost.
  • 1-2 attendees from one site: $100/person
  • 3-4 attendees from one site: $80/person

*Please register through the Eventbrite link you received via email.


Mike EisenbergMike Eisenberg is Professor in the Department of Computer Science and the Institute of Cognitive Science at the University of Colorado, Boulder. At CU, Mike and his wife Ann co-direct the Craft Technology Lab, whose research focuses on blending new technologies with children's hands-on activities in the context of learning math and science. Mike has won several major teaching awards at CU; he has written a programming textbook, numerous scholarly publications, and is the author of a published play.

Mark D. GrossMark D. Gross works at Carnegie Mellon University on computational construction kits, tangible interaction, computer-supported critiquing, creativity, and modular robotics for education. He is also co-founder and research director of Modular Robotics, a startup company in Boulder, Colorado that makes robot construction kits for kids.

Paulo BliksteinPaulo Blikstein is Assistant Professor at Stanford University School of Education. His research focus on how new technologies can deeply transform the learning of science, engineering, and mathematics. He creates and researches construction kits, tangible interfaces, computer modeling, and rapid prototyping, creating learning environments in which children learn by building sophisticated projects and devices. A recipient of the NSF Early Career Award, Blikstein holds a PhD. from Northwestern University, an MSc. from the MIT Media Lab.


FabLearn 2011 is partially funded by the Lemann Center for Innovation in Brazilian Education