Projects

Fab Lab in schools

We want to inspire digital makers, develop digital making skills in young people, and support the digital agenda within the curriculum.

In early 2016, we ran a total of 50 free FabLab taster sessions in primary schools, secondary schools, FabLabs and public libraries across Devon, from Exeter to Seaton to Barnstaple, as part of a county-wide collaborative project, funded by Devon County Council. The initiative aimed to inspire digital makers, develop digital making skills in young people, and support the digital agenda within the curriculum.

Led by Fab Lab Plymouth Manager Ian Hankey, who is also an award-winning designer and Master Glassmaker, the workshops gave schoolchildren access to cutting edge technology that they may not otherwise have in their own schools. The workshops were designed to be fun and engaging, giving a flavour of what FabLabs can offer, using digital technologies such as 3D printing, laser cutting, 3D scanning and 3D design.

Workshops included Make a Puppet, Race a Racing Car, Making History, where children 3D printed a Roman bust, and Build a Glider, where 3D design software, a laser cutter and a 3D printer were used to design, construct and then fly a wooden glider. The Makey Makey Musical Objects workshop saw children as young as 6 turning everyday objects into musical instruments using basic circuits and programming.

Overall the project was an overwhelming success in terms of reaching new audiences and generating interest in the services that FabLabs can offer.

“Today’s workshop was very different to our student's usual learning. Our Year 6 students have experienced technology in the workshops that they’ve only ever heard about on the news before, and they’ve had a taste of where technology is headed in the future.”

— Mrs Taylor, Seaton Primary School
Fab Lab in schools Fab Lab in schools

Fab Lab in schools

We want to inspire digital makers, develop digital making skills in young people, and support the digital agenda within the curriculum.
AYCH - Improving lives with design and digital fabrication AYCH - Improving lives with design and digital fabrication

AYCH - Improving lives with design and digital fabrication

The EU funded Atlantic Creative Youth Hubs Project builds a social innovation model for young people supporting social entrepreneurship, employment and education in the creative and cultural industries.
SEED (Strategic Employer Engagement in Devon) SEED (Strategic Employer Engagement in Devon)

SEED (Strategic Employer Engagement in Devon)

SEED is an exciting project that enables higher education institutions in Devon to collaborate with local SMEs (small to medium-sized enterprises).
Hidden Talent in Devon Hidden Talent in Devon

Hidden Talent in Devon

Hidden Talent in Devon is a new project that provides opportunities for people from diverse backgrounds to access higher level skills, as a means of widening participation in Higher Education.
The Environmental Futures and Big Data Impact Lab The Environmental Futures and Big Data Impact Lab

The Environmental Futures and Big Data Impact Lab

The Environmental Futures and Big Data Impact Lab is a partnership of seven Devon-based organisations, working together to help businesses analyse data to create new products and services, focusing on safeguarding the environment.
Made@EU Made@EU

Made@EU

Bridging the digital divide that hinders the use of digital fabrication knowledge and technologies in the European cultural and creative sectors.
Skills Support for the Workforce Skills Support for the Workforce

Skills Support for the Workforce

Our Skills Support for the Workforce project invited businesses, artists and small traders into our Fab Lab to take part in a course that trained them how to use the kit and then how to adapt it to their practice.
HackFest HackFest

HackFest

Part of Venturefest South West, HackFest is a county-wide project for young people to come together to create product prototypes that respond to the issues of the future.
Fab Lab in schools Fab Lab in schools

Fab Lab in schools

We want to inspire digital makers, develop digital making skills in young people, and support the digital agenda within the curriculum.
AYCH - Improving lives with design and digital fabrication AYCH - Improving lives with design and digital fabrication

AYCH - Improving lives with design and digital fabrication

The EU funded Atlantic Creative Youth Hubs Project builds a social innovation model for young people supporting social entrepreneurship, employment and education in the creative and cultural industries.
SEED (Strategic Employer Engagement in Devon) SEED (Strategic Employer Engagement in Devon)

SEED (Strategic Employer Engagement in Devon)

SEED is an exciting project that enables higher education institutions in Devon to collaborate with local SMEs (small to medium-sized enterprises).
Hidden Talent in Devon Hidden Talent in Devon

Hidden Talent in Devon

Hidden Talent in Devon is a new project that provides opportunities for people from diverse backgrounds to access higher level skills, as a means of widening participation in Higher Education.
The Environmental Futures and Big Data Impact Lab The Environmental Futures and Big Data Impact Lab

The Environmental Futures and Big Data Impact Lab

The Environmental Futures and Big Data Impact Lab is a partnership of seven Devon-based organisations, working together to help businesses analyse data to create new products and services, focusing on safeguarding the environment.
Made@EU Made@EU

Made@EU

Bridging the digital divide that hinders the use of digital fabrication knowledge and technologies in the European cultural and creative sectors.
Skills Support for the Workforce Skills Support for the Workforce

Skills Support for the Workforce

Our Skills Support for the Workforce project invited businesses, artists and small traders into our Fab Lab to take part in a course that trained them how to use the kit and then how to adapt it to their practice.
HackFest HackFest

HackFest

Part of Venturefest South West, HackFest is a county-wide project for young people to come together to create product prototypes that respond to the issues of the future.