Kenya’s makersspace Gearbox is offering a fab lab platform for fab academy, with activities such as technological empowerment, peer-to-peer project-based technical training, local problem-solving and small-scale high-tech business incubation.
A fab lab is generally equipped with an array of flexible computer-controlled tools that cover several different length scales and various materials, with the aim to make “almost anything”.
Fab academy is a distributed platform of education and research, in which each fab lab operates as a classroom and the planet as the campus of the largest University in construction in the world. Students learn about the principles, applications and implications of digital manufacturing technology.
Program runs for 6 months
The fab academy program runs for 6 months and students learn how to envision and prototype then document their projects and ideas through many hours of hands-on experience with digital fabrication after which, certificates are awarded on relevant technical topics and an ultimate fab Diploma when all topics are completed.
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Empowered by the fab academy program, users can use Gearbox for fast paced, hands-on learning experience to plan and execute their weekly projects.
Students learn and mentor each other, gaining deep knowledge about the machines, the materials, the design process, and the engineering that goes into invention and innovation.
While building their fab academy portfolio of mastery of skills, gearbox gives students an opportunity to be effectively equipped and efficient by providing the makerspace, supplementary knowledge and technical assistance.