The following workshops will take place on Day 1 (10/17) of Fablearn 2012.

Strategy Session: Elements of Effective Project-based Learning

Fabrication and digital technology expands the breadth, depth, and possibilities of student projects. In this session, we will explore the elements of a good project, the necessary conditions for effective project-based learning, and prompt setting. Video-based vignettes from preschool through teacher professional development are intended to inspire conversation and improve practice. STEM and the arts will receive special emphasis. Led by Dr. Gary Stager, The Constructivist Consortium.

TinkerCAD & MakerBot: 3D Design and Printing for Kids

This workshop will introduce participants to a simple 3D design tool that allows kids as young as four to model and print their own objects. TinkerCAD was designed to allow anyone to combine primitive and non primitive shapes and then export the resulting file to be printed on a 3D printer. In this workshop, we will demonstrate how easy it can be to use 3D design and printing in your classroom. Led by Jaymes Dec, Marymount School.

The Design Loft Experience: Design Thinking for Education

The Design Loft (d.Loft) is a Stanford REDlab project aimed at bringing design thinking to K-12 environments. By integrating a focus on STEM and technology into the design thinking process, participants have the opportunity to actively engage in a hands-on process for creative problem solving that models 21st century skills for learning. A two-hour workshop brings participants through the phases of design thinking, including hands-on prototyping of a solution and subsequent iterations. Participants discuss this approach and explore its relevance to K-12 learning. Led by Stanford's REDlab Team.

Fritzing: Creative Electronics for the Rest of Us

This workshop will explore Fritzing, an open-source initiative to support designers, artists, researchers and hobbyists to work creatively with interactive electronics. The Fritzing software allows users to document and plan their prototypes, share them with others, teach electronics in a classroom, and to create a professional printed circuit board. Led by André Knörig, FH Potsdam, Germany.


Codeable Objects: Combining Craft, Computation, and Digital Fabrication

The combination of programming and digital fabrication offers many exciting possibilities for art and design.  Codeable Objects is an open source programing framework that enables novice coders, designers, and artists to rapidly design, customize, and construct physical artifacts using geometric computation and digital fabrication.  This workshop will guide participants in the use of Codeable Objects through the production of a custom designed laser cut lamp. Participants will use simple programming methods and basic geometry to define the unique form and decorative patterns of their lamps, which they will then fabricate and assemble. Led by Jennifer Jacobs, MIT Media Lab.

Power of Computer-Controlled Milling: Mastering a 3-minute Demo

You have only moments to capture the attention of a busy administrator or distracted teenager and entice them into the magic and relevancy of digital fabrication. Participate in a 3 minute demo that shows how to use CAD (Computer-Aided-Design) to draw What and Where you want to cut something out, CAM (Computer-Aided-Machining) to say How you want it cut out, then immediately Engrave your take-home sample on a ShopBot Desktop CNC router. Then delve into the preparation behind creating such a demo. It’s a hands-on CAD to CAM to cutting workshop that will cover design and toolpathing strategies, hold down techniques and bit selection. Led by Sallye Coyle, ShopBot Tools, Inc.

Laser Cutting 101: Learning the Basics and Exploring the Potential

Learn the ins and outs of using a laser cutter to achieve astounding construction results. In this workshop, you'll get hands-on experience with creating designs using CorelDraw and seeing them become reality using a laser cutter. Discover the difference between raster and vector modes to satisfy your cutting and engraving needs. Explore the vast techniques that are possible, such as creating foldable objects, snap fit parts, and 3D engraving with variable power.  Led by Stanford's TLTLab.