I am Iván Sánchez Milara a research scientist in the Center for Ubiquitous Computing at University of Oulu (Finland). One of my research interest is how to utilize effectively technology in education. I consider FabLab a place where education, technology, design and creativity can converge in a natural way.
This blog documents the two-week summer training of a group of high-schoolers and secondary school students (15 -18 years) that FabLab Oulu organizes every year. During the training participants will familiarise with FabLab concept, machines and tools. They learn how to create a Arduino Shield from scratch, including several sensors and actuators, how to use a 3D printer and a laser cutter to create the mechanics for an electronic device as well as Arduino programming principles. The training follows a practical approach. Trainees create a prototype that meets the requirements provided during the first day. The final goal of the trainees is to provide ideas on what are the possibilities of the Fab Lab environment specially to organize events and activities for youngsters.
This blog is a collaboration among students taken part of the training and me, but majority of the credits should go to them. They are actually doing the hard work.
This summer training program is possible thanks to the financial support of City of Oulu, FabLab Oulu, and the Faculty of Information Technology and Electrical Engineering (University of Oulu) through the project FabLab4School.