Mobile Fab Lab

fab lab logo

During the 2017-2018 school year, we worked with our educational foundation, local business owners, parents, and even school board members to create our first mobile Fab Lab! A Fab Lab is a place where students can create something from design to fabrication. Fab Lab is short for Fabrication Laboratory.

Through gracious donations, we are planning to bring in-depth digital fabrication to our elementary schools. Using various machines, our students will be provided with opportunities to continue to be active participants in the maker movement that is defining their generation.

It is our hope to deliver engaging lessons which use digital fabrication to integrate STEAM competencies into authentic making experiences for learners of all levels. Through formal and informal educational experiences, our students will have equitable access to transformative and inspiring learning experiences.

At school or at athletic and community events, students and community members will see their digital creations come to life in a physical form.

Some of the skill sets students will learn include:

  • Using 2D design software and the laser cutter, explore the mathematics behind designing strong joints to use in your Fab Lab projects.
  • Use a laser engraver to safely cut and etch personal designs more advanced techniques can be explored to learn how to use rotary attachments to etch on glass and painted metal surfaces.
  • Learn how to use free 2D design software to create three-dimensional projects to be cut on the laser.
  • Learn basic soldering techniques and skills and how to solder a basic LED circuit.
  • Learn to design and print on 3D printers and explore the technology of 3D printing using a 3D printing pen.
  • Learn to use the computer controlled vinyl cutter.

Check out our video below to learn more about our journey and some of the adventures that we've already taken!

Additional Information

Help support our vision!

The Baldwin-Whitehall School District invites you to consider making a donation to help us fund our mobile Fab Lab. What is a Fab Lab? A Fab Lab, or fabrication laboratory, is a place where you can create something from design to fabrication. With the support and collaboration of vendors, community partners, employees, parents, and community volunteers, we hope to make this dream of a mobile digital fabrication lab a reality for our district’s students.

In recent years, through grant funding and generous donations, we have been able to make some of our dreams come to life in spaces such at the IKS Highlander and Mission Ops Classroom of the Future at J.E. Harrison Middle School. You can see firsthand how we have used these funds to reimagine the traditional classroom experience for our students by visiting ikshighlander.weebly.com-we think that you’ll agree with us when we say that the students’ learning is truly out of this world!

Not only will your kind and generous support enhance your brand recognition within the District community, you will also help us to pave the way for the future success of our students. Please, help us make a difference for future generations of Highlanders and become a donor today.

Donation Opportunities (Cash, Goods, or Services)

Highlander Sponsor: $10,000*
Purple and White Sponsor: $5,000*
Cloud Sponsor: $3,500*
Terabyte Sponsor: $1,000*
Gigabyte Sponsor: $500*
Megabyte Sponsor: $250
Kilobyte Sponsor: $100
“51” Club Sponsor: $51

*Donations at or above these levels will secure your company’s logo on our mobile Fab Lab.

Donations by check can be made payable to: The Baldwin-Whitehall School District, Memo line: Mobile Fab Lab. Please mail checks to: Baldwin-Whitehall School District Attention: Janeen Peretin 4900 Curry Road Pittsburgh, PA 15236.

For more information about this initiative, please contact Dr. Randy Lutz, Superintendent of Schools at rlutz@bwschools.net (412-884-6300). For information about our use of technology and educational programs, please contact Dr. Janeen Peretin, Director of Information and Instructional Technology at jperetin@bwschools.net (412-885-7800). For more information about technical specifications for the trailer, please contact David Tompkins, Director of Transportation at dtompkins@bwschools.net (412-885-7595). Thank you for your meaningful support of the Baldwin-Whitehall School District and its future!


Sincerely,
Randal A. Lutz, Ed. D.
Superintendent of Schools