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 other digital fabrication technologies to students, educators, and families anywhere with a Mobile Fab Lab. Set up a maker space in a classroom, gymnasium, 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, technologists, and makers 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 high-tech equipment, computers, and Carnegie Science Center curriculum.
The Mobile Fab Lab supports school curriculum with standards-aligned lesson plans, integrates into existing project-based learning modules, and draws a crowd at a schoolwide STEAM night!
The Mobile Fab Lab van is wrapped with your organization’s logo, branding your organization as a regional leader in maker-based STEM education. Your Mobile Fab Lab becomes a revenue-generating program through fee-for-service programming and grant-based engagements.
Carnegie Science Center’s Mobile Fab Lab Van Packages© include intensive training, materials, curriculum, operational support and coaching, and at least nine days of in-person training.
Call Jonathan Doctorick at 412.802.2146 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
|Extended full-size van||✔|
|Laser cutter and accessories||2||1|
|Portable CNC router||1||1|
|3D printing pens and filament||8||4|
|Makey Makey® controllers||10||5|
|Hands-on making tools||✔||✔|
|12-pack laptop cases||2||2|
|Consumables for equipment||✔||✔|
|Tactile-Assisted Design Kit*||2||1|
|Custom internal organizing racks||✔|
|Retractable portable banner signs||2||1|
|Mobile Fab Lab Intensive||✔||✔|
|Van delivery and training||✔||✔|
|Consultation services||2 years||1 year|
|On-site professional development||2||1|
|Total days of training||11||9|
You can offer a maker space that is accessible to everyone. A Tactile-Assisted Design Kit is appropriate for people who are visually impaired and kinesthetic learners who respond best to a hands-on learning style.
They build an object and feel how their design will be created. After constructing their design, it is imported into a CAD software application from which participants then digitally prototype their design using a laser or vinyl cutter. Just like all other participants in Mobile Fab Lab programs, they test, refine, and iterate their designs.
Two staff members travel to Carnegie Science Center** and train on site for Mobile Fab Lab programming, including:
**Travel costs not included in Mobile Fab Lab Van Package.
Carnegie Science Center staff delivers finished van to location**:
** Delivery fees might apply.
Phone calls, emails, texts, video conferencing, on-going/on-demand communication to support daily lab operations and answer any questions.
Within your first year of operation, Carnegie Science Center’s expert Fab Lab team will design and deliver specific training for your organization based on your needs. Carnegie Science Center staff will travel to your location and train up to 10 people on your Mobile Fab Lab equipment.
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.
In these short lessons, students design and create their own project using digital fabrication technologies, learning 2D and 3D design principals with a 1:1 computer/student ratio.
In these lessons, teams of students problem solve, design, prototype, and improve their solutions to solve a challenge using digital fabrication technologies.
These lengthy projects involve collaboration, creativity, and critical thinking to define and solve an individual challenge. Taking six hours or longer, students use human-centered design to address personal, school, or community challenges.