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In partnership with Stanford University Graduate School of Education, Lauriston set up a digital fabrication laboratory (FabLearn Lab or ‘FabLab’) in 2013. This collaborative setting for open-source technology, digital fabrication and programming features 3D printers, soldering irons, a laser cutter and power tools. 

Our intention through digital fabrication and making was, firstly, to determine ways in which we could further develop the experiential or ‘hands-on’ learning activities for our students, and secondly, consider how we might address the concern that girls are less likely to choose tertiary studies and careers related to STEM.

The FabLearn Lab has become an important cross-disciplinary learning space.

All our teachers use the FabLab to incorporate digital learning opportunities into their curriculum and encourage students from Prep to Year 12 to create, design, problem-solve and engage effectively with STEM.

Every year our students are involved in a number of STEM-integrated activities that focus on design process and production skills. Following are just some of the many examples across the school curriculum.

Junior School

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Senior School

Year 7

Students design and create an automata (a moving mechanical device made in imitation of a human being or animal) of an endangered animal.

Year 8

Students design and create a table-top game based on one of the United Nations’ sustainable development goals

Year 10

Year 10 STEM elective students have a semester to design and build a new tool or product that might address an issue or problem in society. 

Year 11 and 12

Visual Communication students used the tools in the FabLab to make models of their new business ventures, housing developments, product and furniture designs.

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