Gearbox, Kenya’s first open makerspace for design and prototyping, has announced the launch of a Fab lab platform for Fab Academy, a distributed educational model providing a unique educational experience.
The Gearbox Fab lab program will run for 6 months complete with activities such as technological empowerment, peer-to-peer project-based technical training, local problem-solving and small-scale high-tech business incubation.
Participating students will learn how to envision and prototype then document their projects and ideas through many hours of hands-on experience with digital fabrication.
The students will receive certificates on relevant technical topics, and an ultimate fab Diploma when all topics are completed.
“While building their fab academy portfolio of mastery of skills, gearbox gives students an opportunity to be effectively equipped and efficient by providing the makerspace, supplementary knowledge and technical assistance,” Gearbox stated.
The students, having been empowered by the fab academy program, can use Gearbox for fast paced, hands-on learning experience to plan and execute their weekly projects