Fab Lab field trips deliver dynamic, hands-on making experiences for school groups.
Groups can choose between a project workshop or an engineering challenge:
In this one-and-a-half-hour workshop, each student will design and create a project using the digital fabrication technologies available in Fab Lab (machines can include laser cutters, vinyl cutters, 3D printers, or the CNC mill). Fab Lab education facilitators will lead the group through digital design using 2D or 3D design software and then students will learn how the computer controlled machine works while fabricating their unique projects. Project workshops can be designed for students in grades 3-12.
Capacity: Up to 15 students, plus two chaperones
Duration: 1 1/2hours
During this one-and-a-half-hour engineering challenge, students will work in teams to design, prototype, and test their projects. Challenges are designed to use basic making materials as well as digital fabrication machines (such as the laser cutter, vinyl cutter, or 3D printer), so that teams are introduced to the software and hardware capabilities of the Fab Lab. Engineering challenges can be designed and modified for students in grades 5-12.
Capacity: Up to 30 students, plus four chaperones
Duration: 1 1/2 hours
Fab Lab field trips are available most Mondays and Wednesdays with some exceptions. Call 412.237.3400, then press 7, to check availability, ask questions, and to book. Field trips must be booked three weeks in advance.
Special offer for spring 2017:
Pair your Fab Lab field trip with an Omnimax film about feats of engineering. Dream Big takes viewers on a journey of discovery from the world’s tallest building to a bridge higher than the clouds and a solar car race across Australia. Along the way, witness how today’s engineers are shaping the world of tomorrow. Fab Lab field trip groups can add-on to their visit a showing of the film for $4/person. Offer is valid between Feb. 17 and June 7 to groups of 15 or more with advance registration. Ask for more information when you call 412.237.3400, then press 7, to reserve your Fab Lab field trip.