The FabLab Classroom

Commonwealth Engineering
Design (CED) Academy
Learning K-12 Science through
Engineering Design and Manufacturing
The CED Academy Mission
• is
to “teach science in the context of engineering
design through advanced manufacturing while
preparing graduates for success in a competitive
global economy.”
• This
approach also integrates mathematics and
technology skills in authentic contexts.
• The
knowledge and understanding gained
through this process will serve as the framework
for preparation of a new generation of science
CED Background
The [email protected] 3D printer
- developed through the
CED initiative - was the
first 3D printer designed
explicitly for K-12 schools.
It can be assembled in less
than a day with only $1,000
in parts.
CED Background
Complementary CAD software for
K-12 schools, FabLab ModelMaker
3D was developed to support the
[email protected] 3D printer.
This lowers the threshold for CAD
design in schools through easy-touse software explicitly designed to
address K-12 educational objectives.
CED Academy Goals
Integrate engineering concepts
into science instruction to allow
students to learn science in a
meaningful context
Provide a point-of entry for
students who previously may have
struggled with STEM subjects
Establish a replicable proof-ofconcept for all levels of the STEM
Prepare students for high-tech jobs
in a competitive global economy
Federal, State, Local, and
Foundation Support includes:
ITEST grant, the FabLab Classroom
• U.S.
Department of Education Support
• Motorola
Foundation Award
• MacArthur
• State
Foundation Award
of Virginia Lab School Planning Grant
• Charlottesville
City Renovation Funds
CED Laboratory School for
Advanced Manufacturing
• Construction
will begin on June 6 at Buford
Middle School and open on August 21, 2013
• It
is not designed as a magnet school;
All students will have the opportunity to
CED Laboratory School for
Advanced Manufacturing
• The
high school will open one year later.
• It
will include the same technologies found in the
University’s Rapid Prototyping and Mechatronics
Labs (i.e., 3D printers, CNC machines, laser
cutters, etc.).
cross-walked curriculum will be keyed to state
and common core standards.
CED Laboratory School for
Advanced Manufacturing
• On-going
support for teachers will be provided
throughout the school year.
• Teachers
in the Lab School will teach during the
morning and collaborate with University
partners in the afternoon.
• Professional
development courses will be
provided for teachers during the summer.
• Parallel
summer workshops will be provided for
K-12 students.
CED Laboratory School for
Advanced Manufacturing
The high school, middle
school, and university
will be connected by an
always-on video
conferencing link.
The Curry School and
Engineering curriculum
will be revised in parallel
with corresponding
changes in the K-12
Joint Education /
Engineering Courses
• Engineering
faculty are jointly teaching courses
with faculty from the Curry School of Education.
• Engineering
students in these courses are
developing innovations that are being piloted in
CED Academies.
• Teams
of undergraduate engineering interns will
support joint efforts.
series of “Engineering for Science Teachers”
courses is also under development.
Commonwealth Center for
Advanced Manufacturing (CCAM)
• 2010
– CCAM founded
• 2012
– CCAM headquarters completed
Commonwealth Center for
Advanced Manufacturing
• The
current CCAM membership includes three
universities and 15 corporate partners.
• The
CCAM facility and research equipment
represents an investment of more that $30
million from federal, state, university, and
industry partners.
• Industry
partners have also committed more
than $15 million in support of research projects.
Commonwealth Center for
Advanced Manufacturing Vision
• Create
a public-private effort that lowers R&D
costs for member companies
• Bridge
the gap between research and
• Train
the next generation of technology leaders,
• Influence
the K-12 curriculum with meaningful
and real examples
CED / CCAM Collaboration
 CED will pilot models of workforce development
for advanced manufacturing
 Assess learning outcomes in CED Academies
 Provide an on-ramp from K-12 schools to
community colleges for advanced manufacturing
 Provide a replicable model that can be
disseminated to other K-12 schools.
CED / CCAM Collaboration
can provide internships for CED students,
• Identify
CCAM volunteers for collaborations with
students and teachers in K-12 schools,
• Provide
resources for professional development
programs for teachers, and
• Provide
in-kind and other resources to support
Commonwealth Engineering Design programs in
K-12 schools
Commonwealth Engineering
Design (CED) Academy
“The competitiveness of US
industries will be purchased
largely in the K-12 classroom.”
The Gathering Storm, National Academy
of Engineering

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