About the FabAcademy?


The FabAcademy provides instruction and supervises investigation of mechanisms, applications and implications of digital fabrication.

The idea of FabAcademy originated in 2006 at the third International FabLab forum and symposium on Digital Fabrication in South Africa. The intention was to push for a kind of skilled workforce training that would lead communities into the 21st Century at the forefront rather than the back. The FabAcademy was launched to provide access to advanced instruction for students in these labs exceeding the educational resources locally available to them. It links groups of students and instructors in FabLabs, with online video collaboration and lectures by a global faculty. Unlike remote instructions from a central campus, the digital fabrication tools in a FabLab effectively allow the campus to come to the student, for distributed rather than distance education.


FabAcademy Offerings:


The FabAcademy offers certificates on relevant technical topics, and a Diploma aimed at vocational and technical training for employment and investment (along with assistance to its graduates in those areas). These are accredited by the FabAcademy and it is anticipated that they will be followed by a Bachelor's degree to be offered under applicable regional accreditation, along with post- graduate study. The FabAcademy certificates provide familiarity with technical options and capabiliies, hands-on eperience and direction for further study. Each requires and is evaluated by developing and documenting projects. They are periodically renewed to reflect best practices. The certificates typically require 1- 2 weeks and an accumilation of these combined, form a Diploma which is roughly comparable to completing MIT's rapid-prototyping course "How To Make (almost) Anything".


Course Governance:


The FabAcademy is directed by Professor Neil Gershenfeld (MIT - Center of Bits and Atoms), produces by Vincente Guallart (Barcelona FabLab) and Sherry Lassiter (MIT), and coordinated by Tomas Diez (Barcelona FabLab). FabAcademy faculty who are leaders in their respective fields provide global video lectures, supervise academic content, and guide research. Hands-on instructions in the lab is provided by instructors who supervise and evaluate certificates, develop and disseminate instructional material and assist with projects.






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