What is the Pittsburgh FAB Network?
In 2015, Pittsburgh K-12 educators came together to create the Pittsburgh FAB Network to share ideas centered around the maker movement. The Grable Foundation from Pittsburgh, PA, supported this grassroots effort to help grow the maker movement in Western Pennsylvania. Educators across the Pittsburgh region were starting to create FABLabs in K-12 schools and struggling to change the pedagogy in the makerspaces, learning what hardware and software should be in these makerspaces, and how to provide professional development to K-12 teachers. During the summer of 2015, the first Pittsburgh FAB Institute occurred for four-days and had 60 educators. During the summer of 2017, the Pittsburgh FAB Institute hosted 140 educators from across eight states!
Digital Fabrication in K-12
EXPLORE ENGAGE EMPOWER
Students are challenged with
an authentic problem. Then they use design thinking strategies to explore potential solutions
Once foundational knowledge is developed, students collaborate and engage with industry experts to develop solution models
Leveraging digital fabrication technologies, students use rapid prototyping and engineering design processes to create products
Remaking Learning in MakerSpaces
Design Thinking. Digital Fabrication. 21st Century Skills. Growth Mindset.