FabLab (fabrication laboratory) is a workshop equipped with digital fabrication tools such as 3D printers, plotters, laser cutters, as well as more traditional tools (hammers, saws, and screwdrivers). It’s a place where one can design, perform DIY and build various objects. The easily accessible range of different tools and materials allows everyone to transform almost all their ideas into reality.
Wytwórnia in the Copernicus Science Centre is a FabLearn Lab  and operates according to the assumptions of the constructionist approach.
Constructionism claims that “children don’t get ideas but create them” and that “while learning, children create new ideas especially efficiently when they are actively engaged in constructing different types of artefacts, whether it is a robot, a poem, a sandcastle, a computer program or anything that can be shared with others and can constitute an object of analysis and reflection.”
Constructionism places equal importance on three aspects the cognitive development:
- mental (processes of construction of knowledge in the student’s mind),
- social (learning by collaboration and discussion with other people)
- material (constructing material representations of abstract ideas). 
This approach emphasises personal experience and engagement. Acquisition of knowledge and skills in achieved by means of teamwork and through the process of creative and hands-on activity.
Participants of the process (students or children from local after-school centres, clubs and community centres) – moderated by the facilitator – individually define problems and look for solutions. Then, basing on developed ideas, they design and build objects which are the solution of the problem, and test their effectiveness. The final step includes re-thinking and reconstructing the solution in order to make it better. The whole process contributes to deeper understanding of undertaken challenges and own work, thus becoming an effective learning method. Moreover, such independence in activity helps young people to boost their confidence and believe in their capabilities and allows them to discover the practical dimension of acquired competencies. This learning environment gives everyone equal opportunities for development (social inclusion). It is a place, where education is closely linked to everyday life and labour market reality.
The idea of Wytwórnia FabLearn Lab underlies the development of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics) education, which aims at stimulating students’ interest in the said fields of science.
Young people can see that technology they use in the FabLearn Lab can help them solve real problems and throughout the process they begin to recognise practical applications of exact sciences the whole idea is based on. As a result, this can encourage them to choose an engineering or technical educational pathway, so sought-after in technologically advanced industries of the 21st century economy.
“Raytheon is excited to partner with the Copernicus Science Center with the launch of the new FabLab space to help inspire young people to be more creative through STEM learning,” said Wes Kremer, president at Raytheon’s Integrated Defense Systems business. He also added, “the students working in the FabLab are learning valuable life skills such as collaboration, creative problem-solving and research – all essential qualities for becoming the next generation of engineers.”
The objective of Wytwórnia FabLearn Lab is to encourage teachers and educator to implement the constructivist teaching method in education.
Activities of the Wytwórnia are consistent with our overall educational strategy and help develop competencies regarded as the key to the future development of societies and prosperity of citizens that form them. The aims of the Copernicus Science Centre are to develop the ability to learn, social and civic responsibility, stimulate creativity, increase the level of activity (understood as taking the initiative), entrepreneurship, as well as the ability to participate in and benefit from culture. The FabLearn Lab and its design thinking methodology play particular role in developing these competencies.
In the Wytwórnia FabLearn Lab employees of the Copernicus – engaged in creating exhibits, educational products and tool and parts required for the implementation of classes and workshops – will have a chance to build both prototypes and ready-to-use products. With its diverse equipment, Wytwórnia constitutes a perfect platform for prototyping and testing new ideas.
 Wytwórnia is a part of the worldwide FabLearn Labs network of, created in cooperation with the Stanford University, where Paulo Blikstein, the author of the idea, is an assistant professor.
 “On constructionism and 8 rules of effective learning by Seymour Papert”, Meritum 4 (7) 2017, Andrzej Walat, Ph.D.