Paris: Young people welcomed to a new Solidarity FabLab!

In a technological hotspot

We continue to roll out the FabLabs in the Ile-de-France region, with Makers joining our 73 Solidarity FabLabs. This new Solidarity FabLab was opened on Friday 6 April at the Inter-disciplinary research centre co-created in 2005 by François Taddei, a PhD student and advocate for innovation in education, at the CRI. The CRI is at once a research collective, a home to several labs, and a space for scientific and technological experimentation and cross-pollination, where new ways of learning are investigated.

Programmes designed for disadvantaged young people

The CRI FabLab is aimed at young people aged 15 to 25 who are failing at school or have no qualifications, just like the Foundation’s other Solidarity FabLabs. It offers two types of programme: the ‘discovery’ programme is a day of encounters and workshops at the FabLab for young people at high school level, or who have chosen the Year 10 ‘Discovery’ option. Students take part in making prototypes. Throughout the day, they document their work with photos and videos which they will then share on blogs, or at their schools. The project aims to re-ignite the interest of young people who are dropping out of school, while offering them access to science and technologies.



The ‘Project’ programme, for young people aged 18-25 who are dropping out of education, works with these young people over a period of three months to design a prototype or take part in a project.
Three workshops have been designed to respond to the needs of each participant:

  • A ‘digital production’ workshop which focuses on discovering digital tools
  • A ‘bio-design’ workshop, to discover all aspects of design
  • A DIY-project workshop to support a personal project.
  • The Bio-Design Hackathon collective making workshop.

The programme is a launch pad for participants who learn how to use digital tools and develop new business skills: teamwork, listening, project management... They present their project to the Makerlab partner network.

New talent is already emerging!

The first iteration of the programme has already unearthed new talent and produced innovative and exciting projects.
Fiona has developed an intelligent water recovery system.

Nadime and Matthieu have made a modular weather station for the participative sciences.

John made a comic strip which he exhibited in the FabLab.


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