Make Something Great
A hands-on makerspace experience for
June 9–12 | Pomfret School | Pomfret, CT
$800 all-inclusive: sessions, lodging, meals, and materials ($700 without lodging).
Fab Foundry brings together school administrators and teachers of all disciplines to explore how makerspace technology improves the educational experience and drives 21st century learning outcomes. During this four-day workshop, you'll gain hands-on experience with fabrication techniques and software programs, swap tips and ideas, collaborate with likeminded educators, and walk away with new ideas for your curriculum.
Learn TinkerCAD, Fusion360, Cura, and Simplify3D. Learn to troubleshoot common hardware issues and learn how to optimize your 3D designs. We’ll explore different settings and give you the chance to experiment and operate the printers.
Use XCarve with Easel by Inventables to carve precision shapes from wood and other materials. Learn about GCode and experiment with Handibot for smaller projects. You’ll explore different bits and settings for multiple materials. You’ll have the chance operate the machine and learn how to cut from start to finish.
Use the advanced MUSE laser cutter from Full Spectrum Laser to cut and engrave wood and acrylic. Learn Retina Engrave web-based software and Adobe Illustrator.
Following a mid-afternoon arrival, you'll join the rest of the group for a meet and greet, followed by a light dinner and a campus tour. The rest of the evening is yours.
Over the next two days, you'll learn how to use both the software and the machines, including several 3D printers, a laser cutter, and a CNC fabricator. We'll also build in time for idea sharing and socializing.
On the final morning, we'll spend time developing curriculum. In the afternoon, you'll participate in the Foundry Fair, an opportunity to share your work and ideas with the group, before departing for home.
Set on a stunning hilltop in rural Northeastern Connecticut, Pomfret has been called one of the most beautiful schools in the world.
Studded by maples and ringed by stone walls, our 500-acre Hilltop campus exudes New England charm. The original buildings were designed by the celebrated Beaux-Arts architect Ernest Flagg and the grounds were laid out by world-renowned landscape architect Frederick Law Olmsted.
Your home away from home will be Eastover, an 8,000-square foot, 19th century cottage-turned-dorm overlooking the heart of campus. During your stay, you'll have access to the school’s fitness center, wooded trail system, tennis and squash courts, and yoga studio. Catered meals will be served in our post-and-beam-style lodge.
Despite the sense of seclusion, Pomfret is less than an hour from Boston, Hartford, and Providence, and only three hours from New York City.
Josh has been teaching physics, astronomy, engineering, and coding at Pomfret for 17 years. As the science department chair, he was instrumental in equipping the campus maker spaces. With Derek, he recently redesigned the freshman science curriculum to teach maker and engineering skills to students.
Derek teaches physics and engineering at Pomfret and has been implementing maker ideas into his curriculum for more than 5 years. He has been an independent school teacher for 12 years. Derek also leads a series of youth summer camps focused on 3D printing and video game design.
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