Fab@School Maker Studio MaSTEM Initiative
Accelerating STEM Learning and Careers in Select Gateway Cities in Massachusetts
Thanks to generous funding from the Cisco Foundation, school districts and organizations are being invited to participate in the Fab@ School Maker Studio MaSTEM Initiative. This partnership project between the Reynolds Center for Teaching, Learning and Creativity and United Way, Citizen Schools, and Boston After School & Beyond is bringing innovative Fab@ School Maker Studio STEM resources and professional development to your district and/or organization.
The Reynolds Center, along with support from other key partners, such as the Teaching Institute for Excellence in STEM (TIES), MIT Fab Foundation, Smithsonian, University of Virginia, Princeton University, and the Noyce Foundation, has spearheaded leading-edge R&D to pilot and refine innovative STEM resources – featuring digital design and fabrication of 3D objects, pop-ups, and working machines - in elementary and middle schools, and most recently, even pre-K to grade 2. Our collective efforts are directed toward lowering the on-ramp to effective STEM education for teachers at lower grades who are not traditionally comfortable teaching these disciplines.
Fab@ School Maker Studio — a web-based digital fabrication/3D printing software tool that creates a more accessible, comfortable onramp for teachers to introduce more meaningful STEM learning to their students — is the result of that work. Fab@ School Maker Studio provides engaging digital fabrication/desktop manufacturing tools where elementary and middle school students can make, test, and revise 2D designs, pop-ups, 3D objects, and working machines as they learn science, technology, engineering, and math concepts in a meaningful context.
Along with alignment to Common Core and Next Generation Science Standards, the Fab@School curriculum also meets the 2016 Massachusetts Science and Technology/Engineering (STE) Curriculum Framework. Fab@ School Maker Studio will also be supporting the new, voluntary digital literacy and computer science standards unanimously approved by the Massachusetts Board of Elementary and Secondary Education. Evaluation data has already shown a 30%+ increase in interest in STEM subjects after just 8-weeks of the program.