The Mobilemaker:ED program is a mobile fabrication lab for education, and currently centered around two pieces of equipment The Cart, and The Bus.
The program is part of adfab:ED, which leads the effort in bringing under-served students a captivating outlook on the future by using digital fabrication tools to engage with STEM curriculum, with a goal to stimulate the process of critical thinking, and technological literacy.
The Cart is a compact maker lab on wheels, about the size of school laptop cart, with advanced digital fabrication equipment, a supply of making tools, and physical computing parts.
The Cart enables project-based learning with the following on-board tools; Laser Cutter, 3-D Printer, PC Laptop, Cordless Drill, Soldering Station, Arduino Microcontrollers, Various Physical Computing Parts, Small Hand-Tool Set
With its mobility, the cart can easily travel around inside a building or rotate to various campuses, which gives the ability to introduce a new learning approach to more students, at schools, libraries, and community centers. The Cart gives educators in a wide variety of situations and conditions, the tools to teach with hands-on, problem-based learning, and providing a platform for exploration of the individual potential in all students.
Direct engagement with these tools gives students a opportunity to learn, from a design perspective, a wide range of STEM related units such as; spatial relationships, electronic system design and programing, material properties, electro-mechanics and rapid prototyping.
Contact us to learn about the Cart’s complete inventory, specifications and related curriculum programs available.
The Mobilemaker:ED Bus is a proposed program, designed as a complement to an existing classroom-based instruction inside a Public School, or an informal after-school learning environment. It is a university level design lab experience within a 40 ft. recreational vehicle, outfitted with representations of direct manufacturing in all major current additive and subtractive processes, and provides a limitless platform for interest–driven problem-solving curriculum for grades 6-12. The fabrication equipment is supported with computer scanning tools and driven by design and modeling software at various skill levels. Additionally, we will support electronic system design and computer coding with physical computing modules. The program is flexible and can be utilized as an alternative learning tool, general curriculum enrichment, or dovetail into the Common Core Standards. With this rich lab experience, we are seeding the STEM curriculum to foster developing future career opportunities through early exposure to this new technology.
Inherent to it’s design, the Mobilemaker:ED program delivers itself to the doorstep of neighborhoods in New York City, and we are currently working to bring this project based learning to those who would not otherwise have these opportunities due to under funding of schools, or cultural norms which limit travel beyond a home neighborhood, and truly support maker learning for all.
Alliance for Digital Fabrication Education is a 501c3 non-profit service organization. Contributions for the charitable purposes of Mobilemaker:ED are tax-deductible to the extent permitted by law.