The Cleveland Metropolitan School District (CMSD) is proud to be one of the few districts in the country have a multi-faceted Fab Lab at the district level including a Mobile Fab Lab. The Mobile Lab visits K-8 CMSD schools to inspire young students with the wonders of digital fabrication and STEM through content focused projects. These visits are free to CMSD schools.
Thanks to the generosity of the Cleveland Cavaliers and Goodyear, as of 2019, CMSD also has a stationary Fab Lab at the East Professional Center for teacher use! The EPC STEM +Fab Lab is open for all CMSD employees to learn about Digital Fabrication through workshops, and open lab time. The EPC Fab Lab also runs a Lending Library program where teachers can learn about and borrow digital fabrication machines and materials to use in their own clasrooms.
Many schools throughout our district also house Fab Labs or makespaces of their own. From fully functional Fab Labs at schools like MC2STEM, to makerspaces at schools like Hannah Gibbons, and dozens of FABulous teachers taking on making on their own with 3D printers, paper cutters or electronics in their own classrooms all around the district.
Our philosophy is that any student, teacher, or employee of CMSD should and and can have access to digital fabrication in a constructive way that supports their long term learning. The goal of the CMSDFabLab is to introduce teachers and students to learning through fabrication and opening their eyes to technologies and possible careers they would not normally come across in a traditional classroom.
The Mobile Fab Lab is one of MC2 STEM High School‘s four Fab Labs, MC2STEM was the first high school to have a Fab Lab inside of it and CMSD was the first public k-12 district to have a Mobile Fab Lab. The Mobile Fab Lab is a 28-foot long trailer full of MakerEd and Fabrication tools including 3D printers, laser cutters, a vinyl cutter, a ShopBot and electronics equipment.
As of now, due to high demand, the mobile fab lab is not visiting non CMSD schools.