The aim of the project – to promote innovations in the education field and join the network of academic laboratories.
After the participation in the conference Fab 11 in Boston it became evident that it is necessary to start doing something.
The equipment is compact thus the laboratory can go to different events and schools.
The project has been acknowledged as the most innovative STEAM project. The laboratory also participates in other projects: „BioHack Academy“ and „Phablabs 4.0“ the knowledge of which will be applied in Lithuanian schools and transferred to teachers.
The team is composed of people who have skills, education and the most importantly a lot of practical experiences in different fields such as design, arts, architecture, engineering and education. In this way a first technological laboratory in Lithuania – “Fab Lab” – was created and they joined the international Fab Lab community.
The training is composed of:
- Introduction with digitalised production programmes and their possibilities;
- Workshops where knowledge is applied in practice, works by students and teachers are created;
- Creative workshops where the different old objects are given a second life (recycling / upcycling).
- Training on Open source programmes including how to document the projects that have been developed and sharing them online in open source code platforms.
The results are being shared in fairs where other similar organisations / projects also participate: Maker Faire Vilnius
- Connection to citizenship
The project intensively uses electronic waste, for example, in one school from 100 kg electronic waste there have been created 60 „vibrobots“, sculptures. Children learnt to recycle electronic devices and used their parts (lamps, small engines, buttons, wires, etc.) and each created a moving bug. Big „vibrobots“ from old washing machines were also created.
The laboratory also can come to schools for one or two weeks where a practical creation process is developed. After one or two weeks the works are presented to the school community in the event called „Maker Faire“.
The aim of the project is also to visit the more remote areas in the country where children would have an opportunity to try out the activities.
The project is also seeking to implement the synthesis of arts and technologies. The aim is also using the Fab Lab technologies to implement biology and physics science projects – again using electronic waste.
Tools / software used:
- laser cutter
- vinyl cutter
- 3D printer