Solidarity FabLabs: it’s a go at CreaLAB!

On 30 May a Solidarity FabLab project was launched at CreaLAB, Greater Angoulême’s fablab. Tagged "better information for a better image," the project is a partnership with the Romain Rolland secondary school.

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From left to right: Jean-Pierre Lartige, Orange’s Poitou-Charentes regional manager, Jordan Rodrigues, FabManager, Jean-François Dumontet, CréaLAB treasurer and Benoit Stanowski, head of the Romain Rolland school, in the centre, with pupils who will be taking part in the Solidarity FabLabs programme.

Accompanied by Marybelle, Sydney, Mathilde, Younes and Mohamed, Benoit Stanowski, head of the Romain Rolland school in Soyaux speaks about their FabLab project: "We wanted to improve our school’s image, located here at the heart of the Champ-de-Manœuvre district. The students really took charge of the project and we are delighted that the Orange Foundation chose our application."

Part of the REP+ priority education network, Romain Rolland school, like the district where it is located, has suffered from a poor image. The "better information for a better image" project, selected at the latest Solidarity FabLabs call for offers, involves engaging pupils with their school’s image.

The aim is to re-motivate the pupils and build a sense of belonging and pride in their school. Twenty Year 9 students will learn to work on complex tasks (design/manufacturing/communication) and develop computer and digital skills. These students will experience the CreaLAB and the tools it offers, particularly through digital manufacturing.


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As well as technical skills, the aim is to make real use of the work done by these pupils and to develop their self-esteem. It is also an opportunity to stimulate the students’ ambition, to work on their study choices and help them develop their Future course. Finally, the project is an opportunity for the pupils to move beyond their district and for the trainers to experience unfamiliar environments.

In concrete terms, this first year the students will design, digitise and model logos for the school and the REP+ network. They will also work on the school’s signage in partnership with CreaLAB. Jean-Pierre Lartige, Orange’s Poitou-Charentes regional manager concluded the event by placing support for this project into the context of Orange’s commitment to the Business and Districts Charter in the Charente region, supporting young people from priority districts.

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