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Pittsburgh FAB Institute
June 13 - 16, 2022
Elizabeth Forward High School
1000 Weigles Hill Road
Elizabeth, PA 15037


Cost:    Free

Dates:  June 13-16, 2022

Time:   8:00am - 4:00pm

Schedule:  8:00am - 9:00am -- Keynote Speakers

                   9:00am - 12:00pm -- Making Session

                   12:00pm - 12:45pm -- Lunch

                   12:45pm - 3:45pm -- Making Session

                   3:45pm - 4:00pm -- Challenge Me! Gallery Walk 

                   4:00pm - 9:00pm -- Open Lab (Optional)

Information About the FAB Institute:

The Pittsburgh FAB Institute is open to all teachers who want to learn about digital fabrication. Participants will range from beginners to experts. Participants will learn the following skills to implement at the elementary, middle and high school levels: Computer-Aided Design (2D and 3D), Computer-controlled cutting (laser and CNC Router), electronics production, computer-controlled machining, embedded programming, 3D scanning/printing and project development.  

Who Should Attend?

Open to ANY Elementary and Secondary Teacher or Administrator wanting to create a makerspace or to incorporate making and project-based learning into the classroom! It doesn't matter if you are a beginner, a novice or an expert.  EVERYONE is invited!  All levels of experience encouraged! 

Act 48 Hours:  40 Hours

Professional Development Graduate Courses (Optional): Four courses available

For more information, please visit:

FAB Institutes in the News:

Discounted Accommodation

Hampton Inn, West Mifflin, PA is providing a room discount for the 2022 Pittsburgh FAB Institute at a rate of $120.00 per night. Reservations can be made by using the link above or by calling the hotel directly at (412) 650-1000.  Please mention the code Pitt FAB 2022 if you book your room via phone. The Hampton Inn is 20 minutes from Elizabeth Forward High School.  You will need to provide your own transportation between the hotel and the institute.


"I really enjoyed this institute!  I have been teaching and attending conferences for 12 years and this has definitely been one of my favorites!" 

"Thank you for this amazing opportunity.  This was such a wonderful experience.  Everything about this training was absolutely first rate."

"Thanks again- it was awesome! Just like the speakers discussed- this was very empowering to realize I could do all of this. I also really appreciated you allowing the labs to remain open every night."

"Thank You! What a ride!"

"Thank you so much for providing this fantastic professional development opportunity for educators at no charge!" 

"Thank you! I simply was enjoyably busy the whole time. I couldn't get enough imput. My wife wouldn't let me stay longer or I would have stayed to midnight."

"One of the best workshops I have ever attended in my 30 years as an educator!"

"The FAB Institute is one of the best professional developments I have ever attended!  It gave me the opportunity to learn new subject matter while utilizing my creativity."

"I came into FAB Institute not knowing any of the machinery used and wondering if this was right for me or over my head. I quickly found that all levels of experience could succeed. I now feel more comfortable with 3D printers, vinyl cutters, etc."

"Thank you so much for offering this institute - it is just what I have been looking for.  For those of us on the front lines of the maker movement in schools, it's often hard to find training and professional development."

"Best conference I have ever attended!!"

"These were four of the best professional development days in my teaching career. Not only did I learn many ways to encourage creativity in my students, it was also wonderful to network with so many educators."

"The Keynote speakers were so inspiring. It was a fantastic four days! I really hope you can do this again next year!"

"Thank you for an amazing experience. I walked away with more knowledge and a new attitude. I now want to be that square peg in the circle when it comes to educating my students!"

"The PGH Fab Institute is the best professional development I have ever attended!  I highly recommend this PD to fellow teachers and administrators.  Keep up the good work!"

"This is the BEST professional development.  I learn so much and I'm able to share with my colleagues when I return to my district."

"Pittsburgh Fab Institute was rejuvenation for even the most inspirationally deprived teachers!"

What attendees are saying about the 2018 Pittsburgh FAB Institute...

"This was FABulous!! I hope to be invited again!!!"

Getting There

The 2020 Pittsburgh FAB Institute will be held at Elizabeth Forward High School at 1000 Weigles Hill Road, Elizabeth, PA 15037.  Elizabeth Forward High School is located 17 miles from downtown Pittsburgh, PA.


Nearby Attractions
Pittsburgh Pirates

Gateway Clipper -- 

(Teachers/Education Workers including College and University Staff/Employees can enjoy a free Three Rivers Sightseeing cruise ticket on any Tuesday, Must show school I.D)



Andy Warhol Museum -- 

Mattress Factory Museum -- 500 Sampsonia Way, Pittsburgh, PA 15212

Toonseum --

Pittsburgh Children's Museum of Pittsburgh -- 

Carnegie Science Center -- 

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