Projects

Fab Lab in schools

We want to inspire digital makers, develop digital making skills in young people, and support the digital agenda within the curriculum.

In early 2016, we ran a total of 50 free FabLab taster sessions in primary schools, secondary schools, FabLabs and public libraries across Devon, from Exeter to Seaton to Barnstaple, as part of a county-wide collaborative project, funded by Devon County Council. The initiative aimed to inspire digital makers, develop digital making skills in young people, and support the digital agenda within the curriculum.

Led by Fab Lab Plymouth Manager Ian Hankey, who is also an award-winning designer and Master Glassmaker, the workshops gave schoolchildren access to cutting edge technology that they may not otherwise have in their own schools. The workshops were designed to be fun and engaging, giving a flavour of what FabLabs can offer, using digital technologies such as 3D printing, laser cutting, 3D scanning and 3D design.

Workshops included Make a Puppet, Race a Racing Car, Making History, where children 3D printed a Roman bust, and Build a Glider, where 3D design software, a laser cutter and a 3D printer were used to design, construct and then fly a wooden glider. The Makey Makey Musical Objects workshop saw children as young as 6 turning everyday objects into musical instruments using basic circuits and programming.

Overall the project was an overwhelming success in terms of reaching new audiences and generating interest in the services that FabLabs can offer.

“Today’s workshop was very different to our student's usual learning. Our Year 6 students have experienced technology in the workshops that they’ve only ever heard about on the news before, and they’ve had a taste of where technology is headed in the future.”

— Mrs Taylor, Seaton Primary School
Fab Lab in schools Fab Lab in schools

Fab Lab in schools

We want to inspire dig­i­tal mak­ers, devel­op dig­i­tal mak­ing skills in young peo­ple, and sup­port the dig­i­tal agen­da with­in the curriculum.
AYCH - Improving lives with design and digital fabrication AYCH - Improving lives with design and digital fabrication

AYCH — Improv­ing lives with design and dig­i­tal fabrication

The EU fund­ed Atlantic Cre­ative Youth Hubs Project builds a social inno­va­tion mod­el for young peo­ple sup­port­ing social entre­pre­neur­ship, employ­ment and edu­ca­tion in the cre­ative and cul­tur­al industries.
The Environmental Futures and Big Data Impact Lab The Environmental Futures and Big Data Impact Lab

The Envi­ron­men­tal Futures and Big Data Impact Lab

The Envi­ron­men­tal Futures and Big Data Impact Lab is a part­ner­ship of sev­en Devon-based organ­i­sa­tions, work­ing togeth­er to help busi­ness­es analyse data to cre­ate new prod­ucts and ser­vices, focus­ing on safe­guard­ing the environment.
Made@EU Made@EU

Made@EU

Bridg­ing the dig­i­tal divide that hin­ders the use of dig­i­tal fab­ri­ca­tion knowl­edge and tech­nolo­gies in the Euro­pean cul­tur­al and cre­ative sectors.
Skills Support for the Workforce Skills Support for the Workforce

Skills Sup­port for the Workforce

Our Skills Sup­port for the Work­force project invit­ed busi­ness­es, artists and small traders into our Fab Lab to take part in a course that trained them how to use the kit and then how to adapt it to their practice.
HackFest HackFest

Hack­Fest

Part of Ven­turefest South West, Hack­Fest is a coun­ty-wide project for young peo­ple to come togeth­er to cre­ate prod­uct pro­to­types that respond to the issues of the future.