Call for submissions

(Submissions are closed!)

The Transformative Learning Technologies Lab invites submissions for its second FabLearn annual conference, to be held on October 17th - 18th, 2012 at Stanford University. FabLearn is a venue for educators, policy-makers, students, designers, researchers, and makers to present, discuss, and learn about digital fabrication in education, the “makers” culture, and hands-on learning. We are seeking submissions for contributors to our Workshops, New Technologies Panel, Research Panel, Educator Panel, and Demo Session.

Submissions are due by August 28th, 2012 by 11:59pm (PDT). Notification of accepted proposals will happen by September 9th, 2012. A limited number of travel grants will be provided for some participants based on need and funding.

Types of Submissions

Workshops (to be held on Wednesday, October 17th, 2012)

  • For educators and designers to lead a 2-hour workshop demonstrating digital fabrication and/or hands-on learning activities used in classrooms, museums, and any other type of learning space.

Talks and Demos (to be held on Thursday, October 18th, 2012)

New Technologies Panel

  • For developers to discuss new digital fabrication tools, hands-on learning platforms, and construction kits applicable to education. 

Research Panel

  • For researchers to present current and future projects in the realm of digital fabrication, hands-on science and engineering, and “making” in educational settings. 

Educator Panel

  • For teachers, administrators, and program facilitators to reflect on their experiences with digital fabrication and hands-on learning activities in classrooms, museums, after school programs, and any other type of learning space.

Demo Session

  • For developers to showcase new digital fabrication tools, hands-on learning platforms, and construction kits applicable to education. Submissions for the New Technology Panel will automatically be considered to the Demo session.

Submissions format

  • Word limit: 1000 words and 3 pictures. You can include links for videos as well.
  • File format: PDF (please limit the file size to 3 MB)

Please include in your PDF submission:

  1. Title (don’t include authors, the submission should be anonymous)
  2. Type of submission
  3. Short abstract (~80 words)
  4. A description of your research, demo, technology, product, learning space, or implementation. Please indicate how far along your project is.
  5. An explanation of the importance of your submission to the digital fabrication/makers/hands-on learning communities. What is new about your work and what is its potential impact?
  6. For workshops, please include the target audience, maximum number of participants, and all your technology/space needs.

Submissions website

Please use the following online form: