Join us for the
2021 Chattanooga Fab Institute
in partnership with Volkswagen Group of America
June 28-30, In-Person
in Chattanooga, TN
The Chattanooga Fab Institute is a 3-day digital fabrication conference 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! Each morning, special guests will launch the day from a central location. Then, participants will be shuttled to a nearby school where eLab Specialists (the full-time specialized teachers in these labs) will facilitate day-long learning activities as they unpack not only the basics of how to use the technology, but also the nuances that are critical to delivering effective maker-enhanced learning experiences for students.
In response to feedback from the first two years, the 2021 institute will feature two tracks: (1) beginner track and (2) advanced track. Tracks will go to specific sites where challenges and workshops will be tailored to better meet each participant's needs and provide an even better overall experience!
While the sessions are intended for teachers, administrators attending the leadership day are welcome to join us for the first two days as well (but separate registration is required).
Returning to the 2021 institute is the CFI Admin Day (June 30, 2021) specifically designed for building and system-level administrators. This one-day experience will expose leaders to the potential of digital fabrication and will provide opportunities to interact with the stakeholders who have to made Hamilton County Schools the world leader in school-based Fab Labs! The day will include site visits to the labs hosting the institute and a series of sessions with the principals, district leaders, and community partners who developed the framework for revolutionizing student experiences through digital fabrication.
Administrators are encouraged to attend the full institute, but separate registration for the CFI Admin Day is required.
Volkswagen eLab Student Inventors // 6.30.2021
Hamilton County students in Volkswagen eLabs and HCS eLabs have made incredible progress even during the pandemic. 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!
Rebecca Louise Hare, Teacher & Author // 6.28.2021
Rebecca Louise Hare is an author, speaker, educator, and a learning space designer. Rebecca has a BFA in industrial design from The European Design Institute in Milan, Italy and a M.A.T. in art from Fontbonne University, St. Louis. She worked in Italy for ten years as a design consultant and creative director, creating spaces and designing products (from MRI machines to coffee makers and hair brushes) for global companies before becoming fascinated with education. She found that the young designers she was hiring were struggling with solving problems and thinking critically. This brought her back to the United States to study education. Her master’s thesis focused on design thinking, evaluating, and enhancing creativity through the study of design and art. She has taught art and design to pre-k-12 learners, fourth grade science, engineering and design. She collaborates and consults with schools designing learning spaces that enhance student learning. Rebecca is an Apple Distinguished Educator, Adobe Education Leader and Consultant and when she isn't in the classroom she is busy facilitating the design of learning environments and experiences that support creativity, design, design thinking and student agency. She's the mom of two curious learners and lives with her family in St. Louis. Check out her books: The Space: A Guide for Leaders and The Space: A Guide for Educators.
Chattanooga Engineers Week Panel // 6.29.2021
Chattanooga Engineers Week began in 1960. Although labeled as a week, the Chattanooga E Week committee works year round to support the mission of attracting future engineers. Attendees will get to engage with local engineering leaders who actively participate in Chattanooga Engineers Week each year.
Founded by National Society of Professional Engineers in 1951, EWeek is dedicated to raising public awareness of engineers' positive contributions to quality of life, EWeek promotes a recognition among parents, teachers, and students that a love for math, science, and technology literacy is truly inclusive and motivates youth to pursue engineering careers, creating a diverse and vigorous engineering workforce. Today, EWeek is a formal coalition of more than 70 engineering, education, and cultural societies, and more than 50 corporations and government agencies. Dedicated to raising public awareness of engineers' positive contributions to quality of life, EWeek promotes recognition among parents, teachers, and students of the importance of a technical education and a high level of math, science, and technology literacy, and motivates youth, to pursue engineering careers in order to provide a diverse and vigorous engineering workforce.
Chattanooga Whiskey Event Hall
890 Riverfront Parkway
Chattanooga, TN 37402
Each day will begin at the Chattanooga Whiskey Event Hall where attendees can park for free all day and will have easy access to all of Chattanooga's downtown attractions. Our team will provide complimentary busing each day to the Volkswagen eLab or HCS eLab host sites.