This year, Fontbonne is a proud partner of FabLab. As such, we have built a state-of-the-art facility that provides students with a modern means of invention. Look through all of the different parts below!
3D printing technology positions students as creators. Instead of consuming the creations of someone else, they become the inventors. With 3D printing, students become designers and creators using cutting-edge technology to visualize and create their own imaginations. Not to mention the growth students will have in their spatial reasoning skills and 2D to 3D conversion understanding. Seriously, everything can be hands on. Learning about ancient societies? Design and print a model of a mummy or a pyramid. Learning about land forms? Design and print a peninsula or a mountain range. Learning about natural disasters? Design and print tools to protect you during a disaster. The list goes on and on…
CNC machines are programmed with a design which can then be manufactured hundreds or even thousands of times. Each manufactured product will be exactly the same. CNC milling centers are ideal solutions to everything, ranging from prototyping and short-run production of complex parts, to the fabrication of unique precision components. A single machine can do all kinds of different tasks, such as drilling, panning, routing, and more, and all without any hands on human help.
Using drones in the classroom opens up a new set of opportunities to make classes more relevant and engaging for students. Drones are an important step towards introducing technology in classrooms. Together with similar gadgets, they have given teachers the opportunity to use these rather simple and affordable tools to teach children verbal skills, languages and even math. However, drones can be used to help enhance orientation skills, motor skills, and even give students a better understanding of how the world around us works.
By going through the process of building a robot, students explore many different learning pathways. When students interact with robots in the classroom and make them perform various motions and tasks, their’ different strengths will start to shine. The STEM skills that robotics teach are great for inspiring tomorrow’s engineers. However, not all students are going to work for NASA or even work in a science and math-related field. Yet some of the teamwork skills they learn through robotics are ones they will use for the rest of their lives.
Laser and vinyl systems are generally some of the easier pieces of equipment a student can learn. Designs are produced in a vector drawing package, sent to the machine via a printer driver, and the system does the rest. Perhaps the biggest advantage of a cutter is its versatility. Because a cutter’s power allows it to cut through a wide range of materials, it’s one of the most versatile pieces of fabrication equipment a school can have. The applications, from K-12 to community college to university, are endless.
Virtual reality technology can bring a benefit to the education of new generations. Virtual reality is great because it lets us explore different realities and alternate our experiences. By wearing a VR headset, students encounter high-quality visualizations that can change them in a positive way. No matter what age they are, students will usually prefer to sit and watch something instead of reading it. The VR technology is quite interesting, as it can create amazing experiences that could never be “lived” in real life. Students will definitely feel more motivated to learn with the use of this technology.