Does your school have a lab? Maybe a laboratory for chemistry or biology? Today we’ll meet a school laboratory of a different sort. It is what’s called a Fab Lab. This Fab Lab is helping entrepreneurs develop new products. It even helped one little girl get a brand new right hand. This is today’s Kansas Profile.
Last week we learned about Jim Correll, facilitator of the Successful Entrepreneur Program at Independence Community College in Independence, Kansas. Among other things, the entrepreneurship program has pioneered a new type of facility called a Fab Lab which is short for Fabrication Laboratory.
“The Fab Lab movement started at MIT back in 2000,” Jim Correll said. “A professor there found that he had lots of students who were smart but who couldn’t make anything. He started a Fabrication Lab where students could build things.” The lab made state-of-the-art technology for advanced manufacturing and digital fabrication tools available to those students.