School District to Host FabCon/Innovative Workshop for Educators

The Fox Chapel Area School District will host nearly 150 educators/administrators and showcase its innovative technology and engineering initiatives as part FC FabCon 2016. FC FabCon is being presented in partnership with the Pittsburgh FAB Network and the Grable Foundation, and will provide a professional development opportunity for local educators interested in learning about digital fabrication and the creation of a FabLab. Educators will be able to experience the engineering design process in a state-of-the-art facility with experienced FabLab instructors. Participants will be able to explore STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Mathematics) education, learn how to enhance their current innovative instructional practices, and learn about incorporating project-based learning. Participants will also choose one area in which to spend their day designing and “making” alongside FabLab experts. Educators attending will learn about the use of CNC machines, laser engraving, vinyl graphics, and how to screen print, as well as get an introduction to MakerSpace. MakerSpace learning encourages and empowers students to demonstrate their knowledge and understanding of a concept through making or creating, using a project-based approach.

Two Fox Chapel High School technology education teachers, Mitch Palucis and Justin Papariello, are the FabCon co-chairs and have been instrumental in organizing and planning this professional development opportunity.

The conference is being offered free to local educators, but is already full. It will be held March 22, 2016, at Fox Chapel Area High School from 8 a.m.-3 p.m. In addition, a follow-up professional development opportunity will be offered at Fox Chapel Area High School by the Remake Learning Network during “Remake Learning Days” May 9-15.

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