The Boston-based nonprofit The Reynolds Center for Teaching, Learning and Creativity, with grant funding from theCisco Foundation, has launched theFabNH FabMaker STEM Program to bring an innovative STEM/STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, Math) program to young learners in high-need communities across the state.
The FabNH FabMaker STEM Program is initially providing 25 schools and 3 public libraries with FabMaker Studio digital design and fabrication software, fabrication hardware, and professional development support. FabNH is being launched in partnership withNew Hampshire Society for Technology in Education (NHSTE), along with program support fromFableVision Learning and GEAR UP New Hampshire. FabNH also features an innovative school-to-public library connection.Manchester City Library,Hooksett Public Library, andNashua Public Library have joined the FabNH FabMaker STEM Program to provide extended STEM learning opportunities for students in schools that have landed FabNH grant Awards.
Fab@SchoolFabMaker Studio design and fabrication software program was developed over the past eight years by Dr. Peggy Healy Stearns and Reynolds Center/FableVision as a research project under the leadership of Dr. Glen Bull at the University of Virginia, along with a consortium of partners that includes Princeton, Smithsonian, SITE, and Hofstra University. Fab@School has received funding from the National Science Foundation, U.S. Department of Education’s Institute for Education Sciences, with additional funding from MacArthur, Noyce, Alcoa, Motorola, Morgridge Family, and Cisco Foundations.
The web-based program allows students to use the engineering design process to imagine, design, print, test and iterate a wide array of objects, including pop-ups, working machines, buildings, boxes and packaging, wind turbines, automata, paper airplanes, speakers, model skateboard parks, and more. While Fab@School FabMaker Studio prints out to laser cutters and additive layer 3D printers, most teachers and students are using more affordable digital fabricators - more commonly known as scrapbooking machines,which can be easily source at local arts and craft stores.
Participating FabNH! Pilot Sites