This collection of lessons from the GE Brilliant Career Lab bridges the gap between education and industry, classroom and career, and the economy of the future and the skills of today.
Students will learn how to use 2D vector design software to laser cut devices that keep shoe laces tied. The lesson begins with an introduction to the engineering design process which students will employ throughout the course of the curriculum.
Students are provided an introduction into STEM careers that exist today with a emphasis on Biomedical Engineer where they can design and develop medical diagnostic and clinical instrumentation, equipment, and procedures, using the principles of engineering and biobehavioral sciences.
IN THIS COLLECTION
This first-of-its-kind collection of digital fabrication learning experiences is designed to engage and inspire students through STEM career paths. These lessons can be deployed in partnership with teachers in middle and high school classrooms with the resources of a mobile lab. The mobile lab visits each classroom and includes equipment, materials, and an instructor that partners with the classroom teacher.
program and Partnership
As part of GE’s $25M Brilliant Boston commitment to empower students to become globally productive citizens by providing access to learning experiences and skills necessary for the workforce tomorrow, the GE Brilliant Career Lab was developed in partnership with the Fab Foundation to enable students to investigate STEM careers through hands on experiences with digital fabrication tools in a mobile lab.
ABOUT THE GE BRILLIANT CAREER LAB
The Brilliant Career Lab is a resource for educators and students, providing curriculum, essential and technical skills development, career assessments, mentoring, exposure to college and career, and access to digital fabrication tools and knowledge. The program pilot started during the 2016-2017 school year In Boston Public Schools (BPS) with Tech Boston and English High Schools. Since then, the Brilliant Career Lab has exposed over 1,500 BPS students to future STEM careers, while supporting 50 teachers in incorporating digital fabrication and career exploration activities in their classroom.
Additionally, in collaboration with the Fab Foundation, Brilliant Career Play is an extension of the Boston Celtics and GE partnership that creates access for middle school students in a mobile lab environment to engage in hands-on, interactive educational experiences. Launched in November 2017, the Brilliant Career Play program has already visited 3 school districts throughout greater Boston, and exposed over 500 middle school students to STEM careers inspired by design and sports. Coupled with the mentoring and online support from Brilliant Pathways (formerly CFES) and Everfi, students are exposed to STEM careers through a range of online and live experiences.
Students learn how to design precise 3D printed fixtures for constructing large assemblies from dowels.
Students learn about the engineering design process by observing animal behavior and experimenting with the design choices animals make.
Students will learn about the design process and coordinate systems by going through a challenge to make a 3D bridge with scaled down real-life constraints.
Students use multiple processes in a Fab Lab to create their own checker boards and checkers pieces.
Students will work with a series of successive methods-based exercises to learn the fundamentals of geometry and fabrication techniques with increasing levels of complexity.
Young children will learn about digital fabrication by creating their own furniture for a Fab Lab.
Students use multiple processes in a Fab Lab to create a custom chess set and chess pieces.
Students learn about electronics and programming by creating their own custom night lights.
Young children learn about electronics and circuitry through exploration and play.
Students show off their creativity designing and 3D printing custom buildings.
Middle school students will learn about the science of flight by integrating digital fabrication technologies to design and build palm-size quadcopter.
Students will learn about Ethnic Chinese festivals and make their own custom lanterns to celebrate the Legend of Chang E.
Students get to customize their LEGO collection by designing and 3D printing custom accessories!
Build some unique energy for physics and math by designing simple and complex machines, in the form of an old school arcade pinball games.
Lessons are adapted and tested by the Fab Foundation team based on submissions from fabbers, educators, and makers from the Fab Lab Network.