FabLab at the Copernicus Center is Now Open!

On Tuesday November 7th Deputy Chief of Mission John Law participated in the opening of the FabLab in partnership with Copernicus Science Center in Warsaw. The Copernicus Science Center FabLab is Poland’s first FabLab where children and educators learn how to design by using digital production equipment—such as 3D printers, plotters, digital cutters—as well as hand tools. The Copernicus Science Center aims to stimulate learning, civic responsibility, creativity and entrepreneurship among youth. The FabLab’s design-focused methodology fits the Center’s priorities for developing practical and vocational education in Poland in the science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) fields. The Center’s FabLab is part of a worldwide FabLabs network under an agreement with Stanford University. The creator of the Fab Lab concept is Paulo Blikstein, a professor at Stanford University, who researched the role of digital fabrication in education. The FabLab is sponsored by Raytheon, which is a major U.S. defense technology company building partnerships with both Polish Industry and Government Ministries.