Please help the IMAG create the first Fab Lab in Southwest Florida!
The IMAG Fab Lab will be multi-purpose, furthering the center’s efforts to advance Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) literacy.
A Fab Lab is a collaborative space for learning, problem solving, and creating through use of off-the-shelf, industrial-grade fabrication and electronics tools operated by open source software and programs.
The IMAG Fab Lab will expand and strengthen the impact that IMAG has in advancing STEM education, but furthermore it will introduce many children who otherwise would not receive such exposure to interdisciplinary learning, and the integration of STEM concepts into meaningful real-world applications. Through outreach to parents, schools and teachers IMAG will engage students to participate in the innovative programming available through the lab.
The IMAG Fab Lab will foster an environment in which young people’s learning will be fueled by their own interests, and supported by collaboration with their peers and guidance from mentors. This environment combined with the programming style provides an encouraging starting point for pursuing educational, civic and/or economic opportunities.
The IMAG Fab Lab will offer memberships to area entrepreneurs and small business owners providing cost-effective prototyping and an environment that supports knowledge creation, collaboration, creative inquiry, and problem solving.
With an economy primarily fueled by small businesses, and consisting of a considerable number of entrepreneurs, Lee County is primed for a Fab Lab. The lab would round out the ecosystem of small organizations that support these types of businesses, such as incubators, and associations.
In addition to the benefits the IMAG Fab Lab will offer in terms of education and economic development, it will provide members of the public access to state-of-the-art technology to explore their interests and potentially invent a new product, becoming an entrepreneur in their own right.
Much like the evolution of the personal computer which democratized access to advanced computing technology, Fab Labs are democratizing access to manufacturing technology. This access transcends socioeconomic barriers, and cuts across all ages and genders.
Thank you for your consideration.