This month (August 3-9) we participated in the 2015 Boston FabFest! We put on workshops during the Fab Kids events throughout the week, and met some amazing people.
So many creative minds were at work and it was incredibly rewarding to see what circuits and projects everyone came up with. We presented a series of projects using circuit scribe and our modules to create a paper city. The kids were able to build and light up houses, create a pressure sensitive driveway/street lamp circuit, put together a contour map, and much more.
Watching people use circuit scribe for the first time is one of the most rewarding parts of our job. It’s really excited to see how everyone experiments with the pen differently.
We sat down with Fab Kids organizer Eileen McMahon to talk about this year’s event. Read on to see what she had to say!
What makes for a successful kids' workshop?
Engaged and happy kids are the sign of a successful kids workshop to me. It means that the activity is appropriately challenging and intrinsically interesting to them and that it’s been well scaffolded so that they understand from the get go what they can do. And of course when when they are are excited to share what they created with their family you know it’s been a success.
What inspired you at this year's Fab Fest?
There were lots of inspiring things at the Fab Fest. I loved the Nerdy derby, (which reminded me of winning the soap box derby in the 3rd grade when my brother was too sick to race), the DIY Insect Forest and Electoninks electric cityscapes and the projects the kids made with Chibitronic’s peel-and-stick circuits.
What is the Fab Foundation's mission?
The Foundation's mission is to “provide access to the tools, the knowledge and the financial means to educate, innovate and invent using technology and digital fabrication to allow anyone to make (almost) anything, and thereby creating opportunities to improve lives and livelihoods around the world. “ So we have three different over lapping foci – education, which was exhibited in abundance by first time fabbers who came to FAB Fest Boston and the new graduates of the Fab Academy who took Neil Gershenfield’s MIT course and learned " How To Make (Almost) Anything” from their native countries. Secondly its to build capacity of services for fab labs around the world (https://www.fablabs.io) and lastly to develop a business economy around digital fabrication which you can learn more about by visiting Fab Economy ( http://fabeconomy.com/).
We were so fortunate to host workshops and be a part of such an incredible event! We look forward to staying involved with the Boston Fab community and continuing to inspire makers of all ages.