I’m Jeremy Elphick-Pooley and I am a d.TEC and STEM Teacher @ The FabLab.
d.TEC = Design Technology
We design stuff. [We use technology] We make stuff.
I also run the FabLab! The FabLab is a place where students can come design, create, build, experiment and learn at their own pace (students can also use it to catch up on coursework etc!). 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. As a “starter for 10” I run 3 projects via the FabLab: VEX IQ Robotics, F1 in Schools and Antweight RoboWars!
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.