The workshop concept of publicly accessible Fab Labs, short for Fabrication Laboratories, that was
developed at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in the USA, represents a highly promising
approach to impart technophilia to young people in a creative way. The concept is impressively simple:
Arrive with an idea, leave with a product
The main focus of the laboratories consists of generative manufacturing techniques. Whether you want to
create simple three-dimensional objects or highly complex interactive manoeuvrable products, children
and adolescents as well as professionals from various occupational groups are able to develop computer
models and thereof manufacture all kinds of objects with the help of digital fabricating machinery.
Thanks to the easily accessible hard- and software, FabLabs provide the basis for formal and informal
FabLab stands for concrete on-site making, embedded in a global community
Despite the fact that it is barely known in Germany yet, the FabLab movement has grown to become a
worldwide community. The
extensively expanding network contains of more than 60 laboratories in metropolises in the Western world
as well as labs in rural areas in developing countries. The FabLab users participate in a global exchange
of knowledge in which every single one´s know-how is in demand.
fab*education examines the potential of this concept in the field of education as well as the promotion of
young talents. International experts and local agents will discuss current trends in technology, research
and education. The program will be accompanied by a comprehensive exhibition that will demonstrate
the current technological developments.
Following the symposium there will be further dates particularly for children and adolescents with a variety
of workshops that will be specifically organized for them. The driving force is the individual idea.
Bremen needs a FabLab!
In close collaboration with the colleagues of the FabLab-Groningen, fab*education will be part of the
preparatory process of the foundation of a FabLab in Bremen. Against this background the event will also
address the special importance of the laboratories within metropolitan regions.