Join us for the
in partnership with Volkswagen Group of America
June 20-22, In-Person
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! 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. Thanks to the support of our presenting sponsor, Volkswagen Group of America, the early bird pricing is only $40!!!
In response to feedback from the first two years, the 2022 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 2022 institute is the CFI Admin Day (June 22, 2022) 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.
Kevin Honeycutt // 6.20.2022
Kevin grew up in poverty, attending school in more than 20 states before becoming the first high school and college graduate in his family. He taught K-12 art, summer art camps and wrote and directed high school plays for 13 years. During that time he was nominated for Sallie Mae Master Teacher, Kansas Master Teacher and won the Making IT Happen Award, as well as being published in art education journals. He then transitioned to a role as a staff developer and keynote speaker at an educational non-profit service agency for the next 17 years. There, Kevin conceived and developed multiple research based programs in the areas of project based learning, trauma/poverty informed instruction, SEL, STEM/STEAM education, and Digital Legacy. His podcast, Driving Questions in Education, was the number one rated podcast in K-12 video education for multiple years and featured best selling authors and leading educational thinkers from around the world. He was an Apple Distinguished Educator in 2011 and delivered a TEDx talk in 2015.
Kevin has worked with teachers and students in 49 states plus Puerto Rico and has delivered keynotes to audiences all over the world in places such as Oslo Norway, Hong Kong, Shanghai, New Zealand, London, Manila, multiple provinces in Canada and multiple cities in Australia including locations in the Outback such as Groote Eylandt. He is a husband, father, grandfather, published author, and entrepreneur. In 2021 he partnered with his wife of 31 years to start his own company, Honeycutt Consulting, in Colorado Springs, Colorado.
Volkswagen eLab Student Inventors // 6.22.2022
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