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Lauriston Girls to set up Australia’s first school-based Fabrication Lab

Lauriston Girls’ School, in partnership with Stanford University’s Graduate School of Education, will soon establish Australia’s first school-based Fabrication Lab (FabLab).

A FabLab delivers cutting-edge design and construction technologies into the hands of junior, middle and high-school students via a digital workshop equipped with laser cutters, routers, 3D Scanners, 3D milling machines and programming tools.

The collaboration with Stanford University’s Graduate School of Education will bring leading educational researcher, Professor Paulo Blikstein‘s ‘FabLab@School’ concept to Melbourne.

"I am delighted to announce this exciting and innovative project that helps promote the development of Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM) skills in young women," Lauriston Girls’ School Principal, Susan Just said.

The project involves Lauriston participating in Professor Blikstein’s global research. The school will have access to Professor Blikstein and his graduate students and Lauriston teachers will be connected with the growing international FabLab@School network. Staff at Lauriston will also access teaching and development opportunities as part of the project.

Lauriston will share access to the FabLab and developed curriculum with schools based in Melbourne and around Australia.

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