Tuesday, August 16, 2011

FAB 7: day 2

Our little Tulsa travel group took the morning off from the conference for 3 hour tour of local ancient ruins at Pachamac. They predate the Inca ruins at Macchu Pichhu. The tour was great. We saw more of Lima and learned a lot. I have never seen so many adobe mud bricks in my life!

We made it to the conference after a quick lunch of arroz con pollo just in time for a review of some NSF research on US Fab Labs. They are assessing the state and nature of the US lab network in order to identify patterns of communication and relationships. The written report will be produced later this year.

We bumped into more folks who are interested in our middle school curriculum, so it appears we have struck a nerve with an emerging need. Good stuff.

Fab Foo sessions followed once more. I sat in on a discussion about creating a fab game to teach principles of design and fabrication. A developer has been identified but needs fab gurus and curriculum tips. The day ended with a separate discussion on the rather disfunctional state of global fab lab collaboration, something that needs more work.

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