The S.T.E.A.M. Room Fab Lab Educational Equipment Fund
Team Member: Marsha Cheyney
EVENT DATE May 24, 2014
Kirk Cheyney wrote -
The S.T.E.A.M. Room Fab Lab is Iowa's first MIT style Fab Lab, located in Iowa City, Iowa. Fab Lab is short for Fabrication Laboratory, and it is a place where anyone can build Anything!
We have all had that great idea. Whether it is the new 'pet rock', or a remote control lawnmower. Most of us are stuck right at that idea. Boy, I wish I could build/make that! I would be rich! Maybe it is more than that. Maybe you have the best idea for a new business, but can't afford to spend $30,000 on tools and equipment, especially since you never have had the chance to use it!
The Fab Lab is the access point that makes your dreams possible. You don't need to own the tools and equipment, you need to have access to them. Maybe you just have always wanted to learn to quilt, or weld, or build furniture. Maybe you want to design video games, or have an idea that could change the world! That is what a Fab Lab is for. We give access and training to all the equipment, tools, machines, and software that you need to build anything. And we do mean ANYTHING!
Ok, Mr. Computer screen, you say. If I build it there, what can I do with it? The answer is again, ANYTHING. The Fab Lab owns nothing that you create. Sell it, melt it, break it with a hammer, patent it, or use our equipment to build it, and create your own business!
To find our more about the Fab Lab, check our website at www.TheSteamRoom.org. Now we are going to talk more about raising funds.
Why are we fundraising? First of all, we are a non-profit, which allows us to give the most back to our community and our members! We are raising funds, because while you may not have to buy that $20,000 CNC machine, the woodworking tools, or the quilting machine, we do! We need to raise funds to buy the equipment and supplies, so that we can train YOU to use them! By putting all of our money together in one place, we are also giving access to everyone!
The S.T.E.A.M. Room Fab Lab is opening on May 24th, 2014. We will be accepting memberships at different levels for different needs, from basic to expert! Our list of tools and machines is huge, and we will be adding more classes, events, and projects all the time! We will host summer camps, classes on all subjects for everyone! Fab Lab's are places to learn, as well. We will accept field trips, host events, help with fundraising, and train everything from High School shop class (with all the high tech toys!), to industry trainings with top companies!
The S.T.E.A.M. Room Fab Lab is an awesome and amazing place, where almost anything is possible. With your help and funding, we can make more things even more possible, as fast as possible! Please contribute today!