On Wednesday, December 13th, the Delran STEM Ecosystem Alliance met for its Digital Fabrication Laboratory Design Studio. The meeting was held at the headquarters of ecosystem partner Radwell International, with the goal of bringing a fabrication laboratory to the students of Delran, NJ.
Fabrication laboratories, or “fab labs,” are centers for learning and innovation in which students are offered a place to play, create, learn, and invent through off-the-shelf, industrial-grade fabrication and electronics tools paired with open source software and programs.
The meeting consisted of 35 enthusiastic individuals, ranging from Delran community members, to members of the U.S. Navy and Army, to parents and students of Delran middle and high schools. Further, in order to lay the foundation for Delran’s fab lab, Toby Bothel, the Director of Fab Lab Operations and Education at the Teaching Institute for Excellence in STEM, lent her expertise by facilitating the conversation.
Through passionate brainstorming sessions amongst the diverse pool of attendees, and with the guidance of Bothel’s knowledge, the Alliance was able to create design principles that directly align their fabrication laboratory with the guiding principles of their STEM ecosystem itself! As an added bonus, attendees were then treated to a tour of Radwell International, during which they were able to experience the many STEM opportunities and practices that are found within the workplace.
Exciting programs sure look to be in the pipeline for New Jersey STEM in 2018!
Further inquiries in relation to the Delran STEM Ecosystem Alliance can be directed to Dr. Brian Brotschul, Superintendent of Schools at firstname.lastname@example.org or Kari McGann, Delran STEM Ecosystem Lead at email@example.com.