Mathieu Dubreuil is an educational advisor in science and technology. He tells us the story of the Fab Labs network of the Marguerite-Bourgeoys School Board and presents his vision for the establishment of these creative and technological spaces.
The CSMB Fab Labs network, inaugurated in 2014, is one of the 1000 Fab Labs worldwide listed on the MIT large map. This is the first school Fab Lab approved on Canadian soil by the famous institute of technologies.
In 2014, the first already well-equipped Fab Lab (three 3D printers, a laser cutter, a vinyl cutter and an electric embroidery machine) moved from school to school to offer experimentation workshops and mediation activities to teachers. and students. This “mobile” version made it possible to reach a large number of students and to give life to a wide variety of projects, given that the realities, needs and programs were different in each environment. This first experience ended with an exhibition of projects that stood out… such as that of a student who designed a drone!
Create in Fab Labs adapted to each environment
Today, 9,642 students attending 8 secondary schools have access to digital manufacturing equipment and the recognition of the educational relevance of Fab Labs is unanimous. While each of the laboratories is set up differently, they pursue a common objective: that of offering students a place to create and experiment.
“The Fab Lab should not be associated with a single course, it is not the baby of science teachers; it is the entire school team that can benefit ”- Mathieu Dubreuil
Would you like to create a Fab Lab in your school? We invite you to listen to this interview to learn more about the experience led by Mathieu and his team at the Commission scolaire Marguerite-Bourgeoys.
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Produced with the support of Carrefour Éducation