Fabber Academy is a project-based learning environment where teaching and learning occurs beyond a textbook-driven model of education. The mission of Fabber Academy is to improve the learning and development process of students at all grade levels through multimedia-based instructions with hands-on problems and technology applications.
Based on a pedagogical concept of Anchored Instruction with Technology Applications (Choo & Bottge, 2015), Fabber Academy has been established to teach through the learning sequence of (1) pattern making, (2) prototyping, and (3) production.
- Pattern Making
Using CAD software, hand drawings, and experimentation to produce usable models that will be prototyped as viable products
Using 3D Printers, hand forming, and molding procedures to produce tangible products that will hold up to testing
Using CNC Routers, hand woodworking, and assembly line technology to produce items that have endured testing and are deemed viable, marketable, and salable products
Fabber Academy ties technology applications, such as SketchUp, 3D printers, and/or CNC machines, into the academic curriculum. The notion underlying Fabber Academy is that teaching and learning must occur in authentic and meaningful contexts in which students can relate to real life problems. Through a series of instructional units, students can engage in meaningful academic activities and apply science, technology, engineering, arts and design, and mathematics concepts to real-world problems.
- Choo, Samuel
Mr. Choo was born and lived in South Korea until finishing his undergraduate degree in 2005. He received his Master’s degree from the University of Kansas. Mr. Choo is currently a Ph.D. candidate studying assistive/instructional technology in special education and teaching instructional technology classes as an adjunct professor at the University of Kentucky. In addition, he has been teaching CAD classes at a high school in Fayette County Public Schools, Kentucky.
To learn more, offer your thoughts or expertise or just come hang out. Join us on Wednesday nights at 6:00pm at 2420 Spurr Road, Lexington, Kentucky (it is located in the back of the building at The Learning Center @ Linlee).
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