Over 130 teachers exploring a Fab Lab got a look at how they can use it to benefit their students.
Ector County Independent School District STEM educators toured the Odessa College Fab Lab , viewing how students can make almost anything using 3D printers and computer controlled laser cutters, among other items.
Teachers were given a short course in use of the facility features. Then then entered the lab to try out making some items. The OC/ ECISD STEM Exploration event was intended to show teachers how to use lessons learned in the FAB Lab to engage their students with their own lesson plans. According to ECISD Science Coordinator Ashley Bryant, some teachers are familiar with resources they can take advantage of at OC but others needed the information
“So it was really important to me to open their eyes that this is a resource in our own back yard that’s not that far,” Bryant said. There is a mobile Fab Lab that can come to schools if field trips are not a possibility.
Seventh grade science teacher Kira Bowen saw vinyl printing, a laser printer, electronics, and a textile station.
“You can create a brain for any robot for about $3. You can make furniture in here,” Bowen said.
“I think it’s fantastic. We’re going to try to figure out to get our kids here. … At the very least, we’ll have the kids design a flower and print it for Mother’s Day.”