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Overview

As Industry 4.0 unfolds, how we learn, earn, and work will go through fundamental shifts. Education must embrace a new mindset about teaching and learning. Students need to develop Industry 4.0 affiliated competencies. Teachers need guidance in how to nurture students along this pursuit. The Fab Futures program addresses these areas of critical need by offering STEAM instructional, curricular, and pedagogical support to teachers such that they can foster students' STEAM engagement and knowledge of digital fabrication tools and processes.
 
Fab Futures is a teacher Professional Development (PD) program for high school educators that combines building digital fabrication infrastructure in schools gradually, with in-person teacher training and online coaching, curriculum development, and a support system to cultivate a Digital Fabrication (DF) Community of Practice (CoP) for teachers. As part of this PD, each teacher in the Fab Futures program will receive: 

  • 1 - 3D Printer and/or NC plotter (vinyl cutter), as well as entry-level electronics components and materials for their classroom.
  • 1 - Annual, 3-4 day, in-person training session in January 2024 (Location TBD) on the software, hardware, materials, instructional strategies, and pedagogical approaches to using digital fabrication in the classroom.
  • Virtual monthly meetups between digital fabrication training instructors and the cohort for coaching, curriculum development, and support. 
  • Access to digital platforms for online reflection, collaboration, and knowledge sharing. 

*Please note that program costs and digital fabrication tools will be covered. However, educators will be responsible for their own travel accommodations to the in-person training session. 

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* 1. Personal Information

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* 2. Professional Background

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* 3. Interest & Motivation (Why are you interested in participating in the Fab Futures program?)

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* 4. Availability (Please provide your availability for the virtual monthly meet-ups.)

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* 5. Support & Commitment (Do you have the necessary support from your institution to fully engage in the program and travel to the in-person training session?)

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* 6. To evaluate the success of the program, we need to gather anonymous metrics about student engagement. Please indicate whether you are able to collect and provide this kind of data; that is, does your school permit anonymous data collection from students?

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* 7. Are you able to set aside 3-4 days in January for in-person training,  as well as a few hours each month for virtual meet-ups and working on classroom curriculum?

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* 8. Can you commit to one or more classes for the year that will utilize the equipment and the pedagogy to teach industry 4.0 competencies?

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* 9. Are you willing to provide basic online documentation of your Fab Futures related lessons/curriculum through our online platform (SCOPES- DF)?

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* 10. Skills & Expertise: Share your experience with digital fabrication technologies (Scale: 1 - Novice, 5 - Expert)

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* 11. Fab Futures Program Steps

Step 1: Virtual Information Session

This will consist of an introduction to the program, an overview of Fablabs, identifying Educators (Champions) as well as Community partners to participate in the Teacher Professional Development program that utilizes advanced manufacturing tools, electronics, and programming to catalyze STEM learning in high school classrooms.

Step 2: Training/Digital Fabrication (DF) Tools

Engage 15 high school educators (Champions) in person in the first year to train them in using digital fabrication in the classroom. Another 15 educators will be reached in year two. Each educator will receive digital fabrication tools (3D printer and/or CNC plotter) and a kit of electronics and programming tools for their classrooms.

Step 3: Ongoing Support

Virtual monthly meetups between digital fabrication training instructors and the cohort for coaching, curriculum development, and support, as well as reflection, collaboration, and knowledge sharing, and access to the ScopesDF online platform.

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