Fabrication Lab

About

Innovating since 2012

The Fabrication Laboratory, at LEAP Academy, was opened in the fall of 2012 as a component under the STEM High School. It was established by the collaborative efforts of a team of Rutgers-Camden STEM Faculty, the Community Leadership Center and the LEAP Academy University Charter School. The “FabLab”, as it has come to be known by all, focuses on the creation and implementation of innovation.. delivered across grade levels by utilizing a problem based/hands-on approach, where students can create something needed to continue their project, not only enhances traditional teaching in STEM, but also provides students with the experiential element that resonates so within the professional strata in this fields.

Mission

Responding to the critical need for diversity in STEM fields and to reduce the gap in experiences that engage minority students in such fields, through preparation, motivation and exposition, we aim to jumpstart not only the academy growth of our students, but also the growth of a city that has been left underdeveloped. In tackling the status quo with our initiatives, we at LEAP Academy’s FabLab hope that by utilizing the School’s holistic approach, which includes an adequate environment and philosophical foundations, that support the development of innovative and customized learning structures, we may create a positive impact in the future of collaborative environment between the LEAP family and community, while showing the rest of the world that science can make a difference in the crafting of societies.

It is our goal to establish an environment for innovation and entrepreneurship at the LEAP Academy School District, by providing students, teachers, and Camden community members the necessary tools and machinery that will allow them to design, engineer, and manufacture products.

Strategy

Through a focused STEM curriculum, and including students as part of FabClub and college-level students as fellows, we aim our work towards building the necessary instructional structures for developing a model for instruction that is vertically aligned from K-12 and that builds on the college preparation of the school, to guarantee the solving of community-level problems.

At the end of the day, younglings learn better when they can relate to the application of knowledge, so learning is not an abstract exercise, but rather a solution-focused process for application. As such, it is the practical & application of the project that builds on ideas, research, solutions and communication for citizenship education and the environment.

Following such thought, we provide a workspace, with all of the resources (laptops with the necessary tools to sketch, design, and model computer prototypes for these projects; with machines capable of reading the computer designs and fabricating the parts necessary to build these prototypes), that promotes research and brainstorming during the initial project design stages. All of this is done taking into consideration the concept of replication, to guarantee complete success in outside locations. This space also serves as a teaching and training area for our visitors.

Director's Message

Welcome to the Fab Lab, the place for innovation, integration & discovery

Welcome to the FabLab, the place for innovation, integration and discovery at the LEAP Academy. The FabLab was established by the collaborative efforts of a team of Rutgers-Camden STEM Faculty, the Community Leadership Center and the LEAP Academy University Charter School, and has evolved into a state-of-the-art space for entrepreneurship and for the creation, testing and implementation of innovative approaches for solving problems and applying knowledge to real-life scenarios. The FabLab offers great access and opportunities to all students and serves as an important element for students in pursuing STEAM careers. Equipped with four 3-D printers, CNC equipment, digital electronics, woodworking equipment and design software, the FabLab has become an important zone of practice for faculty and students.  Already, a growing number of our students have been accepted into prestigious institutions such as the Rutgers Engineering School, the Rochester Institute of Technology and the Parsons School of Design. The FabLab is recognized statewide for its successes in bringing technology to the classroom and the overall community through collaborative work with school faculty on specialized curricular units, including an annual Maker’s Day that provides a variety of programs for students, parents and community members and a STEM Summer Program for selected students. The FabLab is joining the global community of FabLabs.io, a step that will extend its reach for collaborations and partnerships across the globe. These are definitely exciting times to be part of the LEAP Academy FabLab.

Carlos Mattei

Initiatives

Fab Shop

3D Products made by LEAP Students

Microscopes

Portable & Reusable Drinking Water Filter

Prosthetic Arm

Custom Ornaments

Custom Plaques with Box

Custom Plaques

Table

Custom Engraved Rocks

Recycling Paper Project

Now, you too can have cool 3D products around your house! 3D printing has a lot of advantages, one of them being that it reduces the time a product takes to be crafted, while reducing the cost it takes to do so. As such, there is almost no limit to what you can design with this technology.

3D printing makes data sharing easier, so there are thousands upon thousands of concepts out there waiting to see the spotlight. Open source allows for access to such content. At the same time, here at LEAP, we have our own products that we would like to introduce in local communities, as well as to the rest of the world. Here you will be able to take a glance at both and hopefully, you will decide to bring one home with you. All proceeds will be directed to continue the mission of the FabLab and guarantee service to the community.

Catalog

In keeping with our establish goals and visions, we are designing this shop in order to provide the sufficient funding for maintaining operations. Here you will find two alternatives to obtain cool 3D printed products, from Open Source, and contribute to a good cause. Our catalog provides a very unique chance to find useful 3D printed creations in a single space, and since 3D printing makes data sharing easier, we will always have the most current 3D projects available.

Also, in the spirit of keeping with the times, we are working very hard to make the entire process of shopping for customized products, especially with our future “Made in LEAP” brand, as simple and effective as possible.

Custom orders request will taken through e-mail.

Custom Order

Be it a scissor for an inauguration or a case for your favorite book, needless to say little tokens of appreciation for an unforgettable night (we are very good with our memorabilia) or planters for a gardening project, tell us your idea and we will let you know if we can help you make it a reality.

E-mail us the details and we will take it from there. As soon as we establish commutation, a quote for your project will be offered and with your approval, we will get our staff ready to work on it.

Staff


Carlos Mattei-Ramos

Director of FAB Lab

cmattei@leap.rutgers.edu

David Salas de La Cruz, Ph.D.

Faculty Director of FAB Lab

david.salas@camden.rutgers.edu

Report