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30 Fearless Women Leading Sustainability and Regeneration

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In honor of International Women’s Day on March 8th, the Sustainable Brands team celebrates 30 fearless women leading the charge in sustainable and regenerative business practices. Janine Benyus Co-Founder of Biomimicry 3.8; Author of Biomimicry: Innovation Inspired by Nature Janine is…

3D Mapping The Largest Population Density Centers

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A 3D Look at the Largest Population Density Centers It can be difficult to comprehend the true sizes of megacities, or the global spread of nearly 7.8 billion people, but this series of population density maps makes the picture abundantly clear. Created…

Liftoff: Japan’s ambitious flying-car plan

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Flying cars could be a possibility in the near future, as Japan plans to commercialize as soon as 2023. Companies such as Airbus, Boeing and Uber are all working the field. Japanese company SkyDive are hoping to sell 100 vehicles…
Fab Lab Network conference

Fab Live Is Here! July 27-31 2020

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The FABXLive, this year’s global Fab Lab Network conference,  is an online, distributed, FREE conference that gives us an opportunity to stay connected, reflect and engage deeply around Fab Lab and other community responses to COVID-19, the current state of the world and our vision for the future. With…
Fab Lab Network

The Fab Lab Network Congratulates Nadya Peek

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The Fab Lab network congratulates Nadya Peek, alum from the Center for Bits and Atoms at MIT on being selected as a TR35 innovator. She builds novel modular machines that can do just about anything you can imagine. Nadya Peek began…
Coronavirus Fight

3D Printing Companies Lend Expertise in Coronavirus Fight

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Leading 3D printing companies are lending their expertise to provide medical personnel in Israel and around the world with critically needed equipment to deal with the coronavirus outbreak. Every day, hospitals throw out more than 6000 face shields used by…
cloud computing

Who Will Be The Winners in a Post-Pandemic Economy?

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  Businesses that use cloud computing will not buckle under the pressure of the coronavirus pandemic. Further automation and artificial intelligence will enhance the resilience of supply chains. Successful businesses will have a combination of resilience and agility. COVID-19 is…
Fab Lab 3D Printed Masks

Fab Labs Making Face Shields to Help Healthcare

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The Fab Lab Network and Maker Community are banding together to battle COVID-19.  They are producing face shields across the world using 3D printers and crowd sourcing materials that are safe, washable and reusable for the hero’s fighting on the…
COVID-19 pandemic

Chemistry Education Goes Online

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With colleges and universities around the world shuttered because of the COVID-19 pandemic, chemistry teachers are navigating the shift to online learning. There are several factors to consider in this effort, from technology to accessibility. Chemical & Engineering News (C&EN), the weekly…
Future of jobs

The Future of Work

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It is important to note that while automation will change 50% of jobs, it is not expected to eliminate more than 5%. Rather than being replaced by computers, most workers will instead work alongside rapidly evolving machines. The future of…
Neil Gershenfeld

Making (Almost) Anything

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Neil Gershenfeld outlines the impact of fab labs NEIL GERSHENFELD HAS BEEN CALLED THE INTELLECTUAL FATHER OF THE MAKER MOVEMENT. He’s spent more than a decade bringing the means for invention to remote corners of the globe via fab labs—facilities…
Raspberry Pi Recovery Kit

Off-Grid Cyberdeck! The Raspberry Pi Recovery Kit

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Building Internet-connected things seems obvious today, but what about when there’s no Internet? The concept often feels like something out of a science fiction movie or a doomsday prepper’s handbook- and while this device can work in both scenarios, it’s…
Turn Codes Into Things

Learn To Turn Codes Into Things

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Just as communications and computation went from analog to digital, resulting in PCs and the Internet, the digitization of fabrication is leading to personal fabricators that will allow anyone to make almost anything, anywhere. The development of digital fabrication is…
Mini Cheetah robots

This Robot Army Can Run, Jump, Duck and Even Backflip

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MIT’s Mini Cheetah robots are small quadrupedal robots capable of running, jumping, walking, and flipping. In a recently published video, the tiny bots can be seen roaming, hopping, and marching around a field and playing with a soccer ball. They’re…
Teacher Professional Development

School Fab Lab 2019-2020 Student Program

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School Fab Lab’s 2019-2020 student program is now available for participating schools We are excited to announce that the program is available online and has been updated based on your feedback. We continuously work to keep the program updated as…
Digital Literacy in America

This Chart Shows The State of Digital Literacy in America

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A new report by Pew Research Center found that American’s digital literacy is lacking, with 40 percent of adults answering questions correctly on average. The study asked U.S. adults about a wide range of tech topics from who owns social…
STEM Learning

Nine Ways Technology Can Boost STEM Learning

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Across the nation, innovative programs are preparing students to enter the fields of science, technology, engineering and mathematics. These subjects, often called STEM, can open up new pathways to success in the 21st century workforce and also means new opportunities…
Design Award

Dezeen Announce Winners Of Their 2019 Sustainable Design Award

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This years Dezeen Awards have drawn together a coveted array of brands, designers and agencies who have worked on, and carried out, show-stopping projects over the past year. With a jury comprised of international architects, designers and academics such as…

A New Workflow for Collaborative Machine Learning Research in Biodiversity

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The promise of machine learning (ML) for species identification is coming to fruition, revealing its transformative potential in biodiversity research. International workshops such as FGVC and LifeCLEF feature competitions to develop top performing classification algorithms for everything from wildlife camera…
All-women Spacewalk

Astronauts Make History With 1st-ever All-women Spacewalk

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Astronauts make history with 1st-ever all-women spacewalk originally appeared on Two female astronauts have accomplished something no women have done before. U.S. astronauts Christina Koch and Jessica Meir stepped outside the International Space Station Friday morning, the first time…
Women of STEM

Women of STEM

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“We’re trying to understand how to decompose existing plastics as well as design new compostable plastics that use biomaterial—trees, grass, corn stalk—as a starting point. I use computational methods to study polymer structures and how to decompose them. Enzymes have…
Women Founder

School Fab Lab Brings Opportunities to Young Women

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Empowering young women with 21st century job skills in STEAM fields Simone Amber School Fab Lab Makerspaces are innovation centers designed to inspire youth to learn about 21st-century job skills in Science Technology Engineering Art and Math (STEAM) subjects. We…
future jobs

The Jobs of The Future Are Growing Faster Than All Jobs

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Maybe you didn’t grow up dreaming of being an “augmented reality journey builder” or “master of edge computing” or a “cyber calamity forecaster.” But someone will. The big picture: Jobs of the future will be heavy on the use of algorithms,…
Boston Dynamics

Boston Dynamics Spot Hands-on: New Dog, New Tricks

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Boston Dynamics is putting Spot to work. The company has announced a new leasing program for its Spot robot (formerly SpotMini), which is aimed at construction, entertainment, and other automation-friendly industries. But is the world ready for this semi-autonomous quadruped?…

ROBOpilot Makes Maiden Flight in US Air Force Tests

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A new US Air Force kit that can turn a conventional aircraft into a robotic one has completed its maiden flight. Developed by the Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL) and DZYNE Technologies Incorporated as part of the Robotic Pilot Unmanned…
Shaping Our Future

Meet Generation Alpha, The 9-year-olds Shaping Our Future

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They’re tech heavy, extremely connected and the most senior among them is about 9 years old. Say hello to Generation Alpha. Why it matters: Millennials are reaching universal adulthood, and Generation Z is coming of age. Generation Alpha is falling…
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Exclusive: The Next Big Inequality Crisis

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Think polarization and inequality are bad now? Buckle up: big cities are poised to get bigger, richer and more powerful — at the expense of the rest of America, a new report by McKinsey Global Institute shows. Why it matters:…
Tech Worker

The Threat to The $100,000-a-year Tech Worker

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Much of the discussion around the future of work focuses on what is already disappearing: jobs in factories, on farms, and in restaurants. But coming automation-fueled job losses and changes will reverberate far beyond — and eventually reach seemingly safe…

Amazon is Positioned to Save America from Automation

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As automation gnaws at the economy, Fortune 500 companies have come out with training programs to prepare their workers for a future in which their jobs change significantly — or cease to exist at all. Why it matters: Alongside those…
Re-training Programs

Automation in Mobility is Outpacing Skills Re-training Programs

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The shift towards automation in transportation and mobility is expected to eliminate jobs, but it could also create opportunities, like training the artificial intelligence that powers machines. The big picture: Members of the workforce who will be impacted need to…
Greta Thunberg

Greta Thunberg

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There are NO pictures to do this justice. Early numbers say 400’000 across Australia. 100’000 in Berlin. 100’000 in… Posted by Greta Thunberg on Friday, September 20, 2019
Maker Education

DIY Guide to Maker Education

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Have you ever gotten curious about maker education? Maybe you’ve seen a lesson where students are encouraged to learn the basics of engineering or STEM concepts in a hands-on way. Or a Language Arts lesson that encourages students to get…

Fab15 Egypt Has Come To A Close

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#Fab15 ended last week with great success. Fabbers from around the world traveled to Egypt to share their innovations with other makers. Fab Conference Each year members of the more than 1,600 worldwide Fab Labs gather to share, discuss, collaborate…
Mars Ice House: a prize-winning design for the 3D Printed Habitat Challenge for Mars.

10 Surprising Ways 3D Printing Is Being Used Now

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10 Surprising Ways 3D Printing Is Being Used Now Image Provided By : interestingengineering   1. A new generation of prosthetics “Turning disabilities into superpowers” is the defining vision of UK-based Open Bionics. Their mission is to create “affordable, assistive…

“L’évolution n’a rien d’un processus hasardeux

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Interviewé lors de la Maddy Keynote, Neil Gershenfeld, père spirituel des fab labs, revient sur le succès du concept et sur les enjeux du machine learning. Il a bouleversé l’univers de la conception et de l’artisanat il y a 20…
Katie Bouman

Katie Bouman: The woman behind the first black hole image

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A 29-year-old computer scientist has earned plaudits worldwide for helping develop the algorithm that created the first-ever image of a black hole. Katie Bouman led development of a computer program that made the breakthrough image possible. The remarkable photo, showing…

Ministry of Education in Alliance with School Fab Lab

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Ministry of Education in alliance with other entities promote the School Fab Lab project. This was the training for teachers and students in the Amazon by the University of San Francisco Quito (USFQ). They presenting the School Fab Lab stations…

St. Joseph High School STEAM Day Today March 14th

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We are happy to participate at St Joseph High School’s STEAM Day on March 14th. All grades are coming together to see team’s show casing their projects. The School Fab Lab students will also present various stations of their lab such…
Caroline Latham

Caroline Latham – Leaving a Legacy to Remember

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Caroline Latham – Leaving a Legacy to Remember It is with great sadness that we inform you of the passing of St. Joseph High School’s Principal, Caroline Latham. Mrs. Latham was an incredible principal, colleague, teacher and friend. She will be…
Fashion Technology

23 Women Leading the World of Fashion Technology

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23 Women Leading the World of Fashion Technology Despite progress, women are still underrepresented in the technology sector, but growing in the fashion technology space. 2017 was actually the first time in over a decade that the World Economic Forum…
women in science

We’re not “women in science” – we’re scientists

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women in science Last December, Donna Strickland became the first woman to win the Nobel Prize for Physics in 55 years. Today, on International Day of Women and Girls in Science, it’s more important than ever to celebrate Donna’s achievement.…
Digital Education Tools

11 Digital Education Tools For Teachers And Students

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The Most Popular Digital Education Tools For Teachers And Learners Hundreds of digital education tools have been created with the purpose of giving autonomy to the student, improving the administration of academic processes, encouraging collaboration, and facilitating communication between teachers…
3D Printing Simulation

First Look—Atlas3D Sunata 3D Printing Simulation

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First Look—Atlas3D Sunata 3D Printing Simulation We recently took a look at the current state of 3D printing simulation software in a two-part article series (here and here). In those articles, we spoke to several companies about how simulation in 3D printing…
Rosalind Franklin

Rosalind Franklin: Mars rover named after DNA pioneer

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Mars rover named after DNA pioneer Rosalind Franklin. The UK-assembled rover that will be sent to Mars in 2020 will bear the name of DNA pioneer Rosalind Franklin. The honour follows a public call for suggestions that drew nearly 36,000…
Fablab Zoi

Fablab Zoi

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Fablab Zoi Our goal is to empower people with knowledge and technology to make this world a better place to live. We aim to support education, investigation and technological development. We can help you to make your ideas reality using…

This AI Teaches Robots How to Walk

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AI Teaches Robots How to Walk Artificially intelligent (AI) systems have imbued robots with the ability to grasp and manipulate objects with humanlike dexterity, and now, researchers say they’ve developed an algorithm through which machines might learn to walk on…

My Predictions for Augmented Reality In 2019

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Augmented Reality for 2019 – Predictions It’s the beginning of 2019, and this means that this is that time of the year when we all make predictions for this year in AR and VR! We all love to make speculations…
Cecilia Payne

Cecilia Payne

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Cecilia Payne “Since her death in 1979, the woman who discovered what the universe is made of has not so much as received a memorial plaque. Her newspaper obituaries do not mention her greatest discovery. […] Every high school student…
School Fab Lab in Ecuador

School Fab Lab in Ecuador

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WHAT LIVES QUITO !!! Armed #robot Meccano for #Quito parties. It will be part of the opening of the first @School Fab Lab in Ecuador. ¡¡¡QUE VIVA QUITO!!! Armado de #robot Meccano por fiestas de #Quito. Será parte de la inauguración del primer…
Social Progress Index

The 2018 Social Progress Index is Out Today!

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The 2018 Social Progress Index is out today! Dear Friend, Today, we released the 2018 Social Progress Index results, which provide new insight into what life is really like in 146 countries around the world. Visit to view the complete findings…

Megan Smith on How Tech Drives Change | 2017 MAKERS Conference

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Megan Smith on How Tech Drives Change Megan Smith reveals new ways tech can effect change and how women can incorporate STEM into our daily lives because “practice makes permanence.” The former Chief Technology Officer, Office of Science and…
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These Are The Most Educated Countries In The World

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Most Educated Countries In The World South Korea comes out far ahead in first place. Image: REUTERS/Kim Hong-Ji Where in the world is the most educated country? It’s South Korea, according to the OECD’s assessment of the percentage of people between the…
Ultimaker Assembly

Ultimaker Original+ Assembly & Disassembly in SFL VR App

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Ultimaker Original: Assembly, Disassembly in SFL VR App As is often the case, something done in virtual reality is easier than in reality. Just as this “Ultimaker Assembly & Disassembly” video represents, a finished 3D printer can be taken apart…
VR App

Debut of School Fab Lab VR App in STEAM Market for HTC Vive

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School Fab Lab VR App in STEAM Market for HTC Vive School Fab Lab Virtual Reality makes it possible for anyone to experience a digital fabrication laboratory from anywhere, using virtual reality! The School Fab Lab Virtual Reality App (SFL VR…
AR app

New School Fab Lab AR App Available to Demo

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School Fab Lab Augmented Reality App Demo The new School Fab Lab Augmented Reality App is a tool that makes it easy to design, configure and transform your school’s space into a Makerspace! With the SFL AR App, you can…
21st century skills

SFL Makerspace Provides Valuable 21st Century Skills

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SFL Makerspace Provides Valuable 21st Century Skills Many parents of high schoolers are concerned about their children receiving the right skills to succeed in the job market of the future. Forward-thinking 21st century skills such as digital design, fabrication, and prototyping are not…
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World Economic Forum: Must-Have Skills for Children 

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World Economic Forum: Must-Have Skills for Children Are children learning the right skills to succeed in the job market of the future? The World Economic Forum wrapped up in Davos, Switzerland at the end of January, and School Fab Lab collected essential…

Fab Lab Connect Attended 2017 Silicon Valley VR Expo

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Fab Lab Connect at Silicon Valley VR Expo 2017 Fab Lab Connect experienced a variety of virtual reality-related exhibitions at the Silicon Valley VR Expo at the San Jose Convention Center earlier this year. In an effort to develop the…

Fontbonne STEM Program Integrated with SFL Makerspace

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Fontbonne STEM Program Integrated with SFL Makerspace This year, Fontbonne Hall Academy is a proud partner of Fab Lab Connect to promote STEM education. As such, they have built a state-of-the-art facility – School Fab Lab / Makerspace – that…
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The Marshmallow Challenge Helps Lessons Stick

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The Marshmallow Challenge Helps Lessons Stick The students of St. Joseph High School participating in their School Fab Lab are advised to expect anything. One day early in the school year, it was marshmallows. On the curriculum is “The Marshmallow Challenge”…
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Everyone’s A Maker in the SJHS FabLab

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Everyone is a Maker in the SJHS FabLab From: St. Joseph High School Blog Page Discovering Your Inner Maker Today’s students often enter high school with very little experience making things themselves; with readily available pre-made products getting more sophisticated…
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Fontbonne Hall Academy Debuts New School Fab Lab / Makerspace

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Fontbonne Hall Academy Debuts New School Fab Lab – Makerspace Implementing the new School Fab Lab / Makerspace program at Fontbonne Hall Academy, all-girls Catholic High School, is empowering teachers and engaging students. By adopting the established turnkey layout, equipment,…
First School Fab Lab

Fab Lab Connect Launched Its First School Fab Lab!

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Fab Lab Connect Launched its School Fab Lab Program in Partnership with Saint Joseph High School in Brooklyn, New York and New York University. Fab Lab Connect is happy to announce the recent inauguration of a School Fab Lab at…
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Fab Lab Connect Brings School Fab Lab Program to the Community

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Fab Lab Connect Brings School Fab Lab Program to the Community Schools expressed an interest in introducing their students to digital design and fabrication with a program that fits their requirements. The School Fab Lab Makerspace program offers a solution that…