Solidarity FabLab workshops in Grenoble: 21 secondary schools for a flying start to our second season!

The Casemate FabLab is a pilot scheme run through the Solidarity FabLab programme. It initiated the FabCollege project at the end of 2014 with the aim of supporting struggling students. After a successful initial run, we are returning for a second year with the Académie de Grenoble.
 
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In project FabCollege schools, a dedicated room has been set aside for Solidarity FabLab workshops. The project has seen significant developments, with the integration of new ZEP (educational priority zone) schools, from the entire administrative department of Isère. In Albertville College, Year 10 students and their teachers have set up a 3D printer in the middle of the technology room. They have also installed a number of screens showing the initial phases of their work, ongoing project plans and the first, small, 3D-printed objects.

Mathis, Nils, Théo, Hugo and Marine, Year 10 students, explain the potential of 3D printers. "It’s difficult to explain everything this printer is able to do”, explains Marine, but "I like it". "Making" and "designing" are terms which come up a lot. "We can see and touch what we’re doing", sums up Nils, "it’s like Christmas every time we’re allowed in the room!"
 

 

A board game for a class

Four teachers have joined forces for this project to be carried out over a number of stages: training at the Casemate FabLab, setting up a 3D printer, defining a project and, finally, implementing it. "We are going to design a board game based on fairy tales", explains one teacher. It is an inter-disciplinary project which has enthused the teaching staff and brought together three classes:

  • One Ulis class (mixed ability)
  • One Year 10 class
  • One DP3 (Year 10 work experience class)

The students are highly motivated and looking forwards to presenting their work in Grenoble on 17 June. No doubt they will be as successful as last year!

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