Development Plans

The DFLC STEM Team will work with the Stanford School of Education and STEM collaborators to define the DFLC STEM Learning Model and evaluation instruments to enhance STEM understanding and effectiveness within the pilot learning community.

Dr. Paulo Blikstein leads the Transformative Technologies Department in the Stanford School of Education and is embarking on research to understand the nature of learning on Fab Labs. His team is implementing a Learning Fab Lab ("Fab2Learn Lab") and will be engaging the United States Fab Lab Network in this research. Dr. Blikstein, formerly from MIT, believes that "constructionism" is an essential part of the Fab Lab learning model. Constructivism learning is inspires by the constructivist theory that individual learners construct mental models to understand the world around them. However, constructionism holds that learning can happen most effectively when people are also active in making tangible objects in the real world.

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