Fab Academy 2018: Application Deadline extended until January 7, 2018

LEARN HOW TO MAKE (ALMOST) ANYTHING

The Fab Academy teaches principles and applications of digital fabrication. It was developed to teach hands-on skills in fab labs, which began as an outreach project from MIT’s Center for Bits and Atoms, and has grown into a global network of more than 500 labs.
Fab Academy instruction is based on MIT’s popular rapid-prototyping course How To Make (almost) Anything, both taught by Prof. Neil Gershenfeld.

DISTRIBUTED EDUCATION

Fab Academy offers a distributed rather than distance educational model: students learn in local workgroups, with peers, mentors, and machines, which are then connected globally by content sharing and video for interactive classes. The individual labs are supported and supervised regionally by supernode sites with more advanced capabilities, expertise, and inventories.

ACCREDITATION

There is no global accreditation for these skills. Instead, each student builds a portfolio that documents their mastery of them individually, and their integration. These are reviewed by their local instructors, regional gurus, and then centrally to ensure that each student meets global standards and follows evolving best practices. The Fab Diploma is earned by progress rather than the calendar, for successful completion of a series of certificate requirements. The instructional sequence requires six months to cover, and the time to finish has ranged from that up to a few years.The Fab Diploma is awarded by the Fab Academy. It has no institutional connection with MIT (and none should be claimed), but a number of the participating sites offer it overlaid with their local accreditation. It recognizes readiness to work in, and establish, a fab lab. The Fab Diploma has led to students obtaining employment, investment, admission, and recognition.

ACADEMANY

The Fab Academy platform has subsequently been used to add classes (collectively called Academany) that share the model of hands-on instruction to students in workgroups, with local mentors, linked by shared content and interactive lectures by global leaders. The first of these is How To Grow (almost) Anything, an introduction to biotechnology with a faculty team led by Harvard’s Prof. George Church, with more classes under development, as well as programs for more advanced study planned.

CONTENT​

1. digital fabrication principles and practices – 1 week
2. computer-aided design, manufacturing, and modeling – 1 week
3. computer-controlled cutting – 1 week
4. electronics design and production – 2 weeks
5. computer-controlled machining – 1 week
6. embedded programming – 1 week
7. 3D molding and casting – 1 week
8. collaborative technical development and project management – 1 week
9. 3D scanning and printing – 1 week
10. sensors, actuators, and displays – 2 weeks
11. interface and application programming – 1 week
12. embedded networking and communications – 1 week
13. machine design – 2 weeks
14. digital fabrication applications and implications – 1 week
15. invention, intellectual property, and business models – 1 week
16. digital fabrication project development – 2 weeks

Fab Academy Kerala

During the last two year’s Fab lab Kerala had successfully hosted the Fab Academy program in the fab labs in Kochi and Trivandrum. Both the labs witnessed a participation of 18 participants in the year 2016 and 14 participants in the year 2017. Out of which 16 graduated in the year 2016 and 12 participants graduated in the year 2017.

Similarly Fab Lab Kerala is all set to host the Fab Academy 2018 in Kochi and Trivandrum. The classes will begin from January third week onwards. Each fab lab can accommodate 10 participants in each lab. Fab Academy 2018 Course Application is now open and those who are interested shall apply in the link below.Read more about the fab graduates here: http://archive.fabacademy.org/

For more details and queries please contact :

Vinod Kumar B G (Fab lab Kerala – Trivandrum) – 9809494669
Daniel Jeevan (Fab lab Kerala – Kochi) – 9747572989

Applications for the fab academy is open till January 7 , 2017. Those who are interested are requested to apply in the link given below: http://fabacademy.org/application-form/

 

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