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Coming June 14-16, 2021


We regret to announce that due to COVID-19, the 2020 Chattanooga Fab Institute has been postponed to June 2021. 

More details coming for the

2021 Chattanooga Fab Institute 

in partnership with Volkswagen Group of America

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 VW 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 2020 institute will feature three tracks: (1) K-5 track, (2) beginner track, and (3) 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 2020 institute is the leadership day 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 worked to make Volkswagen eLabs a reality in Hamilton County Schools! 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.


Kelli Anderson, Designer & Paper Engineer     //    6.15.2020

Kelli Anderson is a designer and paper engineer who pushes the materials of graphic design to their interactive extreme. Operating in the space between conceptual art, graphic design, and tech, her books have featured a working paper planetarium, a pop-up pinhole camera, and a paper record player. Whenever she can, she uses humble materials to showcase the surprising complexity and magic of the tangible, lo-fi world. 


She is best known for her design, animation, and illustration work for NPR, “The New Yorker,” “Wired,” MoMA, the Exploratorium, and the “New York Times,” as well as her redesign of NYC brands such as Russ & Daughters and Momofuku. Her two experimental and interactive pop-up books: “This Book is a Camera,” which transforms into a pinhole camera, and “This Book is a Planetarium,” which houses a tiny planetarium and other contraptions, have been called “A marvel of paper engineering and imagination" by theThe New York Times. Some of her other projects include Tinybop’s award-winning Human Body app and a counterfeited "utopian" newspaper distributed with The Yes Men. She teaches at the School for Poetic Computation and the New School in NYC and was recently a fellow at the Exploratorium in San Francisco. Check out her work at kellianderson.com.

Volkswagen eLab Student Inventors     //    6.17.2020

During the 2019-2020 school year, Hamilton County students in Volkswagen eLabs are participating in an invention challenge. Student teams are competing to create innovative, functional solutions to challenges in their school and/or community. 

Four teams selected by a community panel will present their creations on Wednesday morning during the institute. Each team will share a two minute pitch and selected teams from each of the 16 Volkswagen eLabs will showcase their designs for a unique gallery experience. 

This is a perfect opportunity for institute participants 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!


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 host sites.



400 Chestnut Street, Chattanooga, TN 37402  ||  423.693.0500

$149.00 / night (Group Name: Chattanooga Fab Institute)

promotion ends May 25, 2020

Click here to book now

Postponed to June 2021


434 Chestnut Street, Chattanooga, TN 37402  ||  877.666.3243

$129.00 and up / night 

promotion ends May 25, 2020

Click here to book now

Postponed to June 2021

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