Our Fab Lab is an advanced workshop space for rapid prototyping and computer-based design.
Fab Lab is short for Fabrication Laboratory. We are a specific kind of Makerspace.
The CUC Fab Lab is driven by a community of practice, people often referred to as Makers.
Fab Labs encourage people to become makers by exploring the entire design process.
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The CUC Fab Lab is a public engagement program as part of Informatics.
We believe the open source ethos of the Fab Lab inspires interest and innovation in many fields.
We strive to connect computer-based making and rapid fabrication to many areas, like art and design, computer science, architecture, engineering, mathematics, science, and technical trades. We think community access, provided at a reasonable cost and in cooperation with the global Fab Lab network, builds local capacities by enabling personal growth, economic development and cross-cultural understanding.
Activities at the Fab Lab and our partner sites embody the principle of life-long learning by cultivating digital literacies, including cognitive skills like computational, divergent or critical thinking, but also related cultural competencies and other underlying traits that prove fundamental to holistic learning, such as civic engagement or confidence with art and technology.