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VES FabLab

Welcome to the VES FabLab!

One of the hottest trends in education, and a critical need in our country, is a connection back to the basics of living.  At VES we believe in teaching the whole child and to that end we want to encourage a new angle on creativity and productivity.

 

Think of a time when you were encouraged to explore, take a chance, make something, tinker with a tool or a toy, or just made something. Perhaps you successfully stitched up a project, hammered down that loose item, or repaired that bit of machinery.  These experiences can be empowering, frustrating, humbling, challenging, creative, and also very fun.  All these elements are crucial to building self-reliant and imaginative people. These experiences are what make us thinkers and doers.  

 

We are looking for FabDads and MakerMoms who would be interested in helping us create this space. We will be happy to let you take a look at what we have, what you may want to contribute, or how you could share your talents with the children (and staff) at VES.

 

We will see you in the FabLab soon!

Supplies

VES FabLab Supplies List

 

In order for our VES FabLab to keep rolling, we are asking for donations of any kind. These could be items that you no longer use or items you purchase (new or used).

 

The list below is the "more common" items and are merely suggestions. They are definitely things that we would like but please do not limit yourself to only items on this list.

 

(All items need to be safe, clean, and appropriate for elementary-aged students.  Items like hand-tools, sewing needles, etc. will be only be used with adult supervision or after training)

 

  • Sewing supplies:  Needles, Embroidery needles, darning needles, embroidery thread, sewing thread, fabric scissors, pinking shears, felt squares, sticky felt squares, cloth, burlap    
  • Canvas, art supplies
  • Tying materials:  Ribbon, yarn, string, twine, zipties, duct tape, painters tape, masking tape  
  • Glue guns and glue sticks
  • Scissors
  • Woodworking supplies:  wood scraps, dowels
  • Hammers, Screwdrivers, pliers, wrenches, wire cutters 
  • Nails, Screws, Bolts 
  • Batteries:  Various sizes and types
  • Tinkering supplies:  Any reusable surplus items
  • Craft supplies:  cotton balls, popsicle sticks, paint, tape, toothpicks, pompoms                                      
  • Things we can take apart:  Old or broken electronics, small devices (please no laser printers, copy machines, microwaves, cathode ray tube TV's, paper shredders, or fluorescent tubes or bulbs)
  • Office Supplies:  Binder slips, brads, rubber bands, paper clips, notebooks, paper of any kind.                    
  • Legos, Knex, Blocks
  • All types of paper: Wrapping paper, card stock, construction paper, printer paper, scrapbook
  • Post-it notes
  • Cardboard of any kind, ranging from pizza box lids to large appliances (flattened please)
  • Cardboard tubes:  wrapping paper, toilet paper, paper towel, etc. Please flatten and band toilet paper tubes - see photos    
  • Play-Doh
  • Circuitry Kits: Can be purchased online)                  
  • Storage Containers - tubs, baskets
  • Dominos, marbles  
  • Playing cards:  Used for building items

Wanted MakerMoms and FabDads

We would love your ideas and help with wall decoration, design, and helping hands in our Fab Lab.  In addition to serving as a fabrication area, we will also have space for science exploration and conduct lab experiments.  Contact Laura Brooks, lbrooks@templetonusd.org, with any thoughts or ways that you can help create this important space.

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Preparing cardboard

Cardboard is a great recyclable item that allows for free exploration within the FabLab.  All donations must be clean, flattened, and able to be readily stored.  Here is an example of how to provide clean cardboard from a pizza box.

The box

The box

The trim

The trim

Fine-tuning

Fine-tuning

Clean, storable cardboard

Clean, storable cardboard

Paper rolls allow for exploration, experimentation, and are a consumable resource for fabrication.  But they can be oh so difficult to store.  See the above steps for provide clean, usable paper rolls for the FabLab that store and stack with ease.

The promise and peril of paper rolls

Woodshop in the works

Woodshop in the works

Future Sewing Center

Future Sewing Center

Engineering toys

Engineering toys

Digital Arts

Digital Arts