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2023 Chattanooga Fab Institute 

in partnership with Volkswagen Group of America

June 7-9, 2023 in Chattanooga, TN

New in 2023!

June 5 -- FabConnect for FabLab Leaders

June 6 -- Chatt Fab Institute Pre-conference Workshops

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! 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. 

Registration, pricing, and more info about FabConnect and the new Pre-conference workshops is coming soon. Follow us at @PEFinnovation on social media to stay up to date.


In response to attendee we have refined the experience. The 2023 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!


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!"


Returning to the 2023 institute is the CFI Admin Day (June 9, 2023) 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.




Special Guest Speaker     //    06.07.2023

Stay tuned for a special announcement about our special guest opening keynote speaker.


Volkswagen eLab Student Inventors     //    06.08.2023

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!


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.



Any downtown Chattanooga area hotels will work nicely for the event, but we encourage you to consider our partners with discounted pricing below.


434 Chestnut Street, Chattanooga, TN 37402  ||  423.777.5858

$139.99 / night 

Group Name: Chattanooga FAB Institute

promotion ends May 19, 2022

Click here to book now