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BADM: Small Children Playing With Lasers

Chris Berdik of the Hechinger Report wrote a great piece on the Bay Area Discovery Museum and their new Early Childhood Fab Lab (reminder: we're sponsors of the program):

The red beam precisely followed a squiggly building design that Jack had just finger-drawn on a tablet computer. Jack’s goal was to make a building that could stand up to the wind of a nearby table fan.

With his cardboard cut, Jack hurried to the assembly area where about two dozen other kids his ...

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Bay Area Discovery Museum's FAB Lab: Grand Opening

This past Saturday, the Bay Area Discovery Museum (BADM) held the grand opening for the world’s first Early Childhood FAB Lab. For those who don’t know, a FAB Lab is very similar to a maker space, but has more of a focus on technology and tools. The museum, just north of the Golden Gate Bridge, is a great indoor/outdoor space in Fort Baker housed in multiple army barracks.

In the Lab, children will have access to 3D printers, laser cutters, hand tools ...

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Bay Area Discovery Museum's Awesome New Fab Lab Opens on May 14

Our friends at Bay Area Discovery Museum are launching their Fab Lab exhibit this weekend, and we're very excited to see it becoming a reality. While schools and institutions all over the place are adding Maker spaces and Maker tools to their programs, BADM's Fab Lab is unique in that it focuses on early childhood; it is, in fact, the world's first such lab targeted at very young children.

The goal of the program is to get children interested in STEM topics ...

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Supporting BADM's Fab Lab

Sparkfactor.org is proud to support the Bay Area Discovery Museum, and specifically their Fab Lab.

Makerlabs are popping up all over the place; universities are building them in an effort to prepare engineering students for the rapid prototyping revolution which is being brought on by the rise of 3D printers and laser cutters, and small collectives of hardware hackers are banding together to pool resources. Unfortunately, making these sorts of tools available to younger children is a mostly unsettled frontier, as elementary schools and ...

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