Fab@School Classroom Project Goals

The goals of the Fab @ School Classroom project are:

  • Develop a comprehensive system for introducing digital fabrication in the elementary grades that integrates hardware, software, a curriculum, and a collaborative space,
  • Increase preservice elementary teachers' competence and interest in teaching STEM content, and specifically the mathematics that underpins engineering proficiency, through introduction of digital fabrication in preservice teacher education courses,
  • Increase in-service teachers' competence and interest in teaching STEM content through professional development workshops that introduce digital fabrication in the context of mathematics teaching, and
  • Increase elementary children's competence in mathematics while simultaneously increasing their interest in engineering and STEM careers by engaging and supporting preservice teachers and continuing that support through their first year of teaching.