The Fab Academy teaches principles and applications of digital fabrication. It was developed to teach hands-on skills in fab labs, which began as an outreach project from MIT’s Center for Bits and Atoms, and has grown into a global network of more than 500 labs.
Fab Academy instruction is based on MIT’s popular rapid-prototyping course How To Make (almost) Anything, both taught by Prof. Neil Gershenfeld.
Fab Academy offers a distributed rather than distance educational model: students learn in local workgroups, with peers, mentors, and machines, which are then connected globally by content sharing and video for interactive classes. The individual labs are supported and supervised regionally by supernode sites with more advanced capabilities, expertise, and inventories.
It is a 22 week course. The Fab Academy works in the way that every Wednesday global lectures are being conducted, it consist of the global review and lecture. Every week student have to acquire the skill and have to demonstrate the skill he/she has acquired by creating something tangible. The course makes use of the tools and equipments available at the lab which is the standard set of equipment in the typical fablab setup. Fab academy makes the participant ready for prototyping, tagged as ‘How to Make Almost Anything’. Student exhibits their work by creating the documentation on the website. To know more, http://fabacademy.org/about/diploma/