Anyone can start a CrossFit-style exercise program on their own and hope to see results.
More often than not, those who go it alone lose steam and fail to progress, or even get hurt in the process. Professional training and tips from a certified coach, along with encouragement and personal experience from fellow CrossFitters help take results to the next level.
Learning to master digital fabrication tools is really no different. A little coaching goes a long way when implementing a program. During the first half of August we were happy to host our 1st annual 7-day Summer Fab Lab Bootcamp at the beautiful Minuteman High School campus in Lexington, MA. 85 instructors from 5 New England states took advantage of the opportunity to learn pro tips and tricks in an immersive environment, with coaching from our Technology Consultants. It’s always gratifying to see the interchange of ideas between teachers during our workshops and events – the collective enthusiasm to share these new digital fabrication technologies with students is extremely motivating to all involved!
A big thank you to all our participants for enriching the session with valuable input from your own experiences – both triumphs and failures. Our team hopes the training you received will help start each participant’s school year off on the right foot – confident, warmed up and ready to go! Check out some highlights from our social channels below:
Day One & Two: Onshape CAD
Day one of @Onshape#CAD boot camp with @BHSBobcatNews, @smalumni, @cascobayhs, @profileschoolnh, @IAcharterschool, @MHSPPAL, @MarshfieldSuper, and @YarmouthHS. #STEM#education#professionaldevelopmentpic.twitter.com/6NHxxw2yuf
— AET Labs (@AETLabs) August 1, 2018
Day Three: 3D Scanning Applications for the Classroom
Our friends from @IAcharterschool & @YarmouthHS are good sports. Having some #3dscan fun with the new @Creaform ACADEMIA scanner. pic.twitter.com/UwcPWgc72T
— AET Labs (@AETLabs) August 2, 2018
Day Four: Advanced 3D Printing Applications
#SummerFabLabBootcamp Day 4: A little @Stratasys show-and-tell to start the morning session of today’s Advanced #3Dprinting class. pic.twitter.com/XulG6xWLUq
— AET Labs (@AETLabs) August 9, 2018
Day Five: Using CorelDraw with your Laser
#fabLab Boot Camp Day 5 Using @CorelDRAW with @EpilogLaser.
With @QuinnipiacU @MinutemanHS @NorthbridgePS @nashobarsd @berwickacademy @BowdoinCollege @AssabetValley @GrLowellTech_HS @BHSBobcatNews @MHSPPAL @dartmouth @EssexNorthShore @belmontday1927 #STEMeducation #Laser #CAD pic.twitter.com/1SQi3HULck
— AET Labs (@AETLabs) August 14, 2018
Day Six: Advanced Laser Cutting and Engraving Applications
What have you made on your @epiloglaser lately? We enjoyed a fun Fab Lab Bootcamp session with #STEM instructors last week learning Advanced #lasercutting and #engraving techniques using @corel.draw ➡️ Swipe for more! . . #fablabfresh #digitalfabricationmovement #backtoschool #aetlabs #makersmovement #newenglandtech
Day Seven: VCarve Pro for CNC Routing
Day 7 if our Summer Fab Lab #Bootcamp for #STEM instructors underway! Learning to carve with CNC routers using @vectricltd software. What a series it’s been! Now it’s time for #backtoschool to use all these new skills and coach those students. 💪🏻 . . . #digitalfabrication #cnceducation #fablab #woodworking
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A big thank you to our friends at @minutemanhighschool for letting us converge at your beautiful campus for the past two weeks! 🙏🏻 And thanks to all instructors who participated in the 1st annual AET Labs Summer Fab Lab Bootcamp! Hope you are feeling warmed up and ready to use those strengthened #digitalfabrication skills this September! 👊🏻 . . . #fablabfriday #fablab #summerfablabbootcamp #digitalfabricationmovement #stemeducation #newenglandtech #skillusa #stratasys #epiloglaser #advancedmanufacturing #fablabfresh #aetlabs #onshape #vectricltd #inventables #makersgonnamake
You’re truly crushing it New England, implementing these technologies in your STEM programs. It’s inspiring to see our local teaching community embrace Fab Lab tools and be a part of the revolution of making and designing. Best wishes for the coming school year!