K-12 Program on Innovation and Making
The K-12 education program at Fab Lab Tulsa enables educators to introduce and illustrate a variety of engineering disciplines, including mechanical, electrical, chemical and structural engineering, as well as computer science, math and art. Additionally, students learn how to envision, design, build, test and refine their ideas through hands-on experience with 2D and 3D design software and digital fabrication tools. When using technology in education, the key is to enhance the concepts being taught. Educational programs at Fab Lab Tulsa focus on building skills in core subjects, such as math and science, as well as applied problem-solving, critical thinking and creativity, all of which are critically important in the modern economy.
Programs developed for school age students are geared toward (1) encouraging science, technology, engineering, math and art education, and (2) increasing interest and enrollment for higher education and workforce development programs. Successful programs have been particularly effective as alternative teaching tools for at risk youth. Beyond the classroom, students will learn and develop the skills required to enter the modern workforce. Industry in Oklahoma relies heavily on a STEM workforce and the state is predicted to need 81,000 STEM-related jobs. Students and their parents need to know about the potential of these rewarding and high paying careers.
Our program enables educators to introduce and illustrate a variety of engineering disciplines, including mechanical, electrical, chemical and structural engineering, as well as computer science, math and art. Students learn how to envision, design, build, test and refine their ideas through hands-on experience with 2D and 3D design software and digital fabrication tools. Furthermore, the project-based approach to learning, combining practical curriculum with technological tools, enhances traditional classroom learning. The program is led by Fab Lab Tulsa’s education program manager, who researches, directs and designs the curricula, education materials and teaching processes of the program. The program is also supported by a full-time education program assistant. The focus of the curriculum is to show students how science, math and art are utilized, in particular through the creative design process, so they can appreciate the distinctions, relationships and links of these disciplines.
Virtual Learning Adjustments
As a community partner our education team is highly engaged with Tulsa Public Schools, Jenks Public Schools, Broken Arrow Public Schools, Union Public Schools, and other local K-12 schools and educational organizations. While we have been awaiting the decision on fall classes from Tulsa Public Schools, we had already begun conversations with our neighborhood schools including Kendall-Whitter Elementary, Sequoyah Elementary, Eugene Field Elementary and San Miguel School of Tulsa. We are committed to serving them in the fall using educational kits that have been designed and fabricated by our Fab Lab Tulsa staff. These very same kits have already proved successful this summer with The Opportunity Project (350 kits), Tulsa Boys and Girls Club (250 kits), and will be distributed to families at the 2020 Maker Faire Tulsa (1000 kits). With a virtual start to the fall school year, this approach will be even more important in expanding hands-on projects at home for students and families.
In addition to all of the educational kits that our staff is producing, the FLT education staff is providing live instruction via video communication platforms such as Zoom. These are co-hosted by our FLT education staff and representatives from each school or organization.
To learn more please contact our Education Staff (918) 779-6025
Traver Fencl email@example.com