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in partnership with Volkswagen Group of America

July 10-12, 2024 in Chattanooga, TN

The Chattanooga Fab Institute is a 3-day digital fabrication conference presented by Public Education Foundation and Hamilton County Schools that offers educators an opportunity to engage in authentic experiences with 3D printing, laser engraving/cutting, vinyl cutting, CNC routing, micro-computing, and much more! 

This is our flagship, 6th annual institute for educators eager to learn more about how the world's largest FabLab network, VW eLabs, is transforming education! This year, we have added PreConference Workshops on July 9th, where attendees can jump into introductory sessions to learn the basics of how to use the equipment and software featured during the institute. 


In response to attendee feedback, we have once again improved the experience. For 2024, we are offering pre-conference workshops on July 9th. This requires separate registration, but allows attendees to engage in hands-on, tool-specific learning to gain a basic understanding of how to use the equipment and software prior to the institute!


Each day will feature brief tech-workshops as attendees gain hands-on experience working with the technology in the labs. While no one can master this tech in three days, this is a wonderful opportunity to experience the joy and wonder of learning when you can "make almost anything!"



Volkswagen eLab Student Inventors     //    07.10.2024

Hamilton County students in Volkswagen eLabs have made incredible progress. Student teams have worked in the labs throughout the year to create functional solutions to authentic problems. 

Chattanooga Fab Institute attendees will have a chance to hear lightning talks from students as they share their work. Then, students will host a brief expo where attendees can engage with the students to learn how they use the labs to transform their learning experiences. 

This is a perfect opportunity for institute attendees to engage with students as they share the results of their experiences in digital fabrication. Come prepared to ask tough questions and find out what and how students are learning in these labs!


Construction Career Center

2225 Roanoke Ave.

Chattanooga, TN 37406

Each day will begin at the Construction Career Center meeting hall where attendees can park for free all day. The center is less than a 10 min drive from downtown Chattanooga. Our team will provide complimentary busing each day to the six Volkswagen eLab host sites.



Any downtown Chattanooga area hotels will work nicely for the event, but we will add local hotel partners shortly. Check back by the end of February!

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