Bucks IU FAB LAB Receives $5,000 Grant

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The Bucks County Intermediate Unit has received a $5,000 grant for its Mobile FAB LAB, or Fabrication Laboratory.

This grant comes from the Pennsylvania Power and Light Foundation.

The Bucks IU Mobile FAB LAB is an educational tool which visits schools throughout the county for a week at a time. While at a school, the program leaders use it to encourage students to pursue careers in STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, Math).

However, when schools are closed, the FAB LAB moved its services online. Bucks IU posted daily “STEAM Energizer” activities for remote learning. They are still available online here.

The FAB LAB also has its practical applications. Bucks IU used its 3D printer on the FAB LAB in April to create 150 face shields for medical workers on the frontlines of the pandemic.

Online summer programs are also available for students grades 1-8. The two week course is also available for children in homeless shelters.

This “camp” includes activities on engineering, coding, and science. Students who sign up will receive a ‘Camp Box’ so they can participate, including an Ozobot robot.