Practical learning

About

Fabkids is a hands-on Junior-Maker program within Fablab Winam dedicated to nurturing talents, Innovation & Technology with a creative approach to education. The program introduces kids to simple Engineering and Arts through STEAM. Kids majorly use locally available materials including wastes to build their projects

Our kids acquire rare hands-on skills to build things that matter to them starting with simple toys then advancing to more serious things. Our past projects include Emosilla (emotional chair), Drawbots, plane, FabLamp, FabFan, and toy car.

Fabkids collaborates with FabLat Kids which is an international Organization under Fablabs working with kids.

 Mission Statement

Our mission is to introduce and establish innovation and hands-on self-sustaining, continuing education program on Digital Fabrication and exploitation of maker- talents among the kids in schools and to participate in an online share of lessons which makes them more competitive in a global free-market system

 Goals and Objectives

Cultural recognition is fundamental for understanding the debate regarding problems that digital technology face when trying to be integrated into formal and informal education in academic curricula in most countries globally.

The overall goal of this project is to contribute to changing mindsets with regards to innovations and kids involvement in the formal and informal spaces of the city within and outside their schools and to contribute to the development of different competencies as well as promoting technological democratization of our communities by integrating them since childhood in a social empowering movement.

 

This project also shows and reinforces the potential of online collaboration and how this can be the key for local, educational and self-improvement in different countries.

OPEN CREATION
Fab Labs motivate kids to invent and develop projects of their interest.

Our Approach
All of our activities –from workshops to the curricula program are based on these forut approaches that are the guidelines of the learning process;
    • DO IT YOURSELF (DIY)        - Self-empowerment by making
    • DO IT TOGETHER (DIT)        -    Common wellness by teamwork
    • Embrace INTELLECTUALITY    -    Shared values for global and local progress
    • Be smart about your RESOURCES     –     Innovation from local needs and means

Facilities and Resources
    • The Learning Tools
The Fab Lat Kids methodologies have their core on MAKING. Therefore, these digital fabrication tools and principles are the means for learning and the drive of our activities.
    • 3D modeling
    • 2D drawing
    • vinyl cutter
    • 3D printing
    • CNC milling
    • CNC laser cutting
    • Electronics
    • Robotics &

  • Arts

     Methodology
    This technology and educative methodologies we use addresses two main parts; the theoretical analysis and the practical workshops. We write theoretical exercises that will be directly applied to whole workshops, with the objective of reaching a deeper critical reflection about MAKING at the same time that it gathers information to share with the network and educators around the world.
    Even though each workshop has its own strategies for developing certain values, knowledge, and skill, they all share the same basic methodological structure:
    1. Ice Breaker
    2. Welcome, / first interaction online.
    3. Introduction to digital fabrication and the workshop dynamic
    4. Fabrication and assembly
    5. Personalization of the object or product
    6. Final presentation to the network/conclusions.

What are the next steps?

ONLINE WORKSHOPS
The 3-hour intensive workshops are designed to develop skills, values, and knowledge through a certain digital fabrication strategy. They have one thing in common: there have to be two or more Fab labs doing the workshops simultaneously so that the kids interact and share online.

Activities

Junior Makers showing off their toys (Imani, Neema & Joy)