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Mobile Fab Lab Digital Maker Space

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Start your own mobile
making program

Carnegie Science Center offers convenient and affordable packages to help you purchase and implement your own Mobile Fab Lab, complete with equipment, training, support, and curriculum.


Bring 3D printers, laser cutters, and digital fabrication technologies to students, educators, and families anywhere with a Mobile Fab Lab. Set up a makerspace in a classroom, a gymnasium, a cafeteria, or even outdoors for a day, a week, or just a few hours. The Mobile Fab Lab comes equipped with everything needed to inspire future engineers, scientists, and technologists to innovate ideas and solutions to hands-on challenges.

Utilize a Mobile Fab Lab to offer STEM activities, hands-on programming, and engineering challenges for learners of all levels with the equipment, computers, and curriculum designed by Fab Lab Carnegie Science Center.


Support STEM learning at schools with engaging activities that encourage creativity, collaboration, communication, problem solving, and critical thinking. School administrators embrace the Mobile Fab Lab experience because it eliminates the need to transport students offsite, and students love it because it is fun!

The Mobile Fab Lab can support school curriculum with standards-aligned lesson plans, can integrate into existing project based learning modules, and can also draw a crowd at a school-wide STEAM night!

The Mobile Fab Lab van is wrapped with your organization’s logo and branding, making the van itself an important part of your outreach strategy. Your Mobile Fab Lab can become a revenue generating program as funders recognize the ability of the Mobile Fab Lab to visit rural or urban schools with little access to traditional makerspaces.


Digital fabrication is about more than just the tools and technology, so to help kick-start your mobile making program, check out Carnegie Science Center’s Mobile Fab Lab Packages© which include intensive training, materials, curriculum, operational support and coaching, and over 8 days of in-person training.


Call Jonathan Doctorick at 412.802.2146 or email doctorickj@carnegiesciencecenter.org.

Mobile Fab Lab Van Packages©

Accessories Mobile
Fab Lab
"Platinum Level"
Fab Lab
"Gold Level"
Mercedes Sprinter  
Dodge Promaster  
3D printers (large) 22
3D printers (small) 10 
Laser cutter and custom cart 21
Laser cutter fume extractor 21
Vinyl cutter 11
Portable CNC router 11
Laptops and mice 2418
40” flat-screen TV 1 
Pop-up canopy 21
3D printing pens and filament 84
Makey Makeys 105
Soldering irons 42
Vinyl rolls
3D printer filament
Hands-on making tools
Cordless drills and bits
12-pack laptop cases 22
ShopVac 11
Consumables for laser cutter
Tactile-assisted design kit 21
Folding tables 41
Safety goggles
12’ ramp for loading/unloading 11
Organizer racks for van  
DuroMax 8000-watt generator  
Retractable, portable banner signs 21
Training Mobile
Fab Lab
"Platinum Level"
Fab Lab
"Gold Level"
Mobile Fab Lab Intensive
Van delivery and training
Consultation services 2 years 1 year
Onsite professional development 2 1
Total days of training 11 9

Mobile Fab Lab Intensive:

Two staff members travel to Carnegie Science Center* and train onsite for Mobile Fab Lab programming, including:

  • Two days of in-depth equipment safety and operation training
  • Two days of job shadowing/logistics management
  • One day of lesson plan review and development

*Travel costs not included in Mobile Fab Lab Van Package©

Van delivery and training:

Carnegie Science Center staff delivers finished van to location:

  • Driver’s training
  • Inventory review
  • Equipment set-up and teardown review

Consultation services:

Phone calls, emails, texts, video conferencing, on-going/on-demand communication to support daily lab operations and answer any questions.

  • Platinum Level: Two years of support
  • Gold Level: One year of support

Onsite professional development:

Carnegie Science Center’s expert Fab Lab team will design and deliver specific training for your organization based on your needs within your first year of operation. Carnegie Science Center staff will travel to your location and train up to 10 people on your Mobile Fab Lab equipment.

  • Platinum Level: Two 2-day site-specific trainings
  • Gold Level: One 2-day site-specific training
Fab Lab
"Platinum Level"
Fab Lab
"Gold Level"
Project workshops 12 6
Engineering challenges 8 4
Capstone projects 4 2

Fab Lab education facilitators at Carnegie Science Center have developed very successful Mobile Fab Lab Van Packages© complete with lesson plans, presentations, and digital templates to get you started delivering engaging programming right away.

Project workshops:

In these short lessons, students will design and create their own project using digital fabrication technologies, learning 2D and 3D design principals with a 1:1 computer/student ratio.

Engineering challenges:

In these lessons, students work in teams to problem-solve, design, prototype, and improve their solutions to solve a challenge using digital fabrication technologies.

Capstone projects:

These lengthy projects involve collaboration, creativity, and critical thinking to define and solve a challenge and can be approached individually or as a team. These projects are more student-centered and can take 6 hours to a week of class time to complete.

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