I’m Jeremy Elphick-Pooley and I am a d.TEC Teacher @ SGS and a STEM Teacher @ The FabLab.
d.TEC = Design Technology
We design stuff. [We use technology] We make stuff.
If at all possible I try not to “teach” in the FabLab: I facilitate, I open doors and I point students in the right direction. Students need to be enthusiastic, engaged and independent enough to see opportunities and to grab them.
You can use the FabLab to make almost anything (that doesn’t hurt anyone); you must learn to do it yourself, and you must share use of the lab with others.
Training in the FabLab is based on doing projects, self-learning and learning from your peers; you’re also expected to contribute to the resources supplied: it is not a free for all!
You are responsible for:
- Safety: Knowing how to work safely without hurting yourself or other people and without destroying the equipment or machines.
- Cleaning up: You must leave the Fab Lab cleaner than you found it.
- Operations: Assisting with maintaining, repairing, and reporting on broken tools, supplies, and accidents.