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The Pittsburgh Fab Institute: Get Your Maker On!

June28

Last week or new TechEd Teacher and I had the awesome opportunity to step up our making game while attending the 3rd annual Pittsburgh Fab Institute hosted by the Elizabeth Forward School District. This four day hands-on event allowed us to become more familiar with some of the latest and greatest digital fabrication tools and techniques that are currently being utilized in the maker movement—vinyl and laser cutters, 3D and sublimation printers and CNC routers. We also had the chance to experiment with various types of design software, electronics and robotics while learning more in-depth information about the design process by participating in all kinds of super cool challenges.

In addition, Kyley and I were able to connect with Elyse, Michael and Audrey from Real World Scholars to discuss ways we can provide our students with entrepreneurial project-based learning experiences during the upcoming school year. Stay tuned for more info regarding this amazing opportunity coming to B-A!

In the meantime, check out some highlights from our fab-ulous week of making…

Listening to one of the keynotes speakers in the EF High School Media Center, scenes from the EF FabLabs, sublimation equipment & a literature-based design challenge.

The EF Escape Room, Sphero Challenges, Real World Scholars, laser cutters & food trucks.

More design challenges, vinyl printers & graphic design.

Laser cutting in the mobile FabLab, sublimation activities & getting groovy with it.

Purchasing supplies to create wooden lettering for our media center.

More laser cutter projects, connecting with colleagues in the “Unicorn Stable” & Tinker Takeaways.

Major props to Dr. Todd Keruskin and the staff of Elizabeth Forward for giving 140+ educators from 12 states a platform to learn, experiment, connect and… make! I’m looking forward to implementing the knowledge and skills I acquired throughout this awe-inspiring event in our makerspaces throughout the upcoming school year!

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