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Fab Lab: Where students get hands on with science

Carnegie Science Center has officially unveiled its latest edition, and it is something you won’t want to miss out on if you love science.

On Tuesday the center announced the opening of its brand new Fab Lab.  The lab is a digital fabrication lab and a space that focuses around students being able to engage with science, technology, engineering and math education (STEM) by means of hands-on activities.

As reported by the Pittsburgh Business Times, “The lab, which will offer programming for students and the community, is part of a global network of more than 500 Fab Labs in 30 countries. But what makes the Science Center unique is that it is the first in the world to have both a stationary lab and a mobile lab that will travel to schools and communities.”

The Co-Director of the Carnegie Science Center Ann Metzger explained that by having the Fab Lab, the center now has access to “new dimensions in STEM education” and it allows the center to expand what it can offer to students.

The Fab Lab, which consists of mobile and stationary lab stations, includes 3-D printers, laser cutters, video conference equipment, ShopBot CNC milling machines, and electronic workbench equipment which includes robotics.  The lab will also have two mini-mill/ 3-D scanners, sewing/embroidery machines and projectors and documentation cameras.

According to the Pittsburgh Business Times, “The lab was funded through a portion of a $10 million commitment to The Fab Foundation by Chevron Corp. (NYSE: CVX) to establish 10 Fab Labs in the communities in which the company operates.”

As of now, field trips and afterschool programs are being scheduled for school-aged children, along with programs for the general public.

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