FabLearn Labs (formerly FabLab@School) are the brainchild of the Stanford University professor Paulo Blikstein, who conducted research on the role of digital fabrication in education.
In 2008, Blikstein created the first FabLab together with other members of the Transformative Learning Technologies Lab, an academic research group within Stanford University’s Graduate School of Education. Wytwórnia in the Copernicus Science Centre is a part of the worldwide FabLearn Labs network, created in cooperation with the Stanford University.
Since 2008 FabLearn Labs have been opened all over the world in different places including schools, science centres and universities. Each of them is different and adapted to the local needs. Activities in these Labs include regular school lessons, workshops for teachers and educators, and even scientific research studies. People working in FabLearn Labs share their ideas, exchange experiences, conduct joint research on learning processes, globally share its results and implement them. They promote the idea (both in formal and informal education), which says that children learn best when they are active and fully engage their heads, hearts, and hands and then build artifacts and share with peers (the idea promoted by Seymour Papert and his collaborators at the MIT Media Lab).
Seymour Papert – pioneer of educational technologies (Center for Bits and Atoms at the MIT Media Lab)
Paulo Blikstein – assistant professor at the Stanford University Graduate School of Education and the Faculty of Computer Science. He also directs the Transformative Learning Technologies Lab (TLTL). In his research he focuses on the influence of new technologies on the learning of STEM subjects. He creates and researches cutting-edge educational technologies, such as computer modelling, robotics, digital fabrication, and rapid prototyping. He was the initiator of the FabLab@School project, which involved building advanced digital fabrication labs in middle and high schools in the US, Russia, and Thailand. Professor Blikstein was one of the guests at the 2015 Cognitive Adventures Conference organised by the Copernicus Science Centre.