On June 3, California State University, Bakersfield’s Fab Lab was awarded the 2017 Beautiful Bakersfield Award in Education for bringing innovation and hands-on learning to the Bakersfield community. Presented by the Greater Bakersfield Chamber of Commerce, the Beautiful Bakersfield Awards recognizes individuals, businesses, and organizations that improve the quality of life in Bakersfield.
The Fab Lab was established in 2014 to support the new engineering majors at CSUB. In addition, the Fab Lab provides programming that inspires and empowers the Bakersfield community and encourages K-12 students to imagine STEM careers as a possibility for the future. Through in-school visits, after-school programming, summer camps, on-campus field trips, in-service teacher training, open community hours, and community events, the Fab Lab allows everyone to become a “maker” and to discover what engineering means in a practical and hands-on way. The curiosity and creativity of more than 6,000 Kern County area students, teachers, and community members was unleashed over the past year. The Fab Lab works with K-12 schools, the Boys and Girls Club, Girl Scouts, Bakersfield Police Activities League (BPAL), Sheriffs Activities League (SAL), the Kern County Superintendent of Schools (KCSOS), among others.
“The Fab Lab staff and student interns work hard every day to make the excitement of digital fabrication available to the community, and we are so pleased and honored to have their efforts recognized by the Beautiful Bakersfield award,” said Kathleen Madden, Dean of the School of Natural Sciences, Mathematics, and Engineering at CSUB.
Community members are invited to experience the Fab Lab for themselves during the community open hours available five days per week. To find a list of open hours and to learn more about the Fab Lab visit: https://www.csub.edu/fablab/
Thanks to the support of Chevron, Fab Lab events, after-school activities, summer camps, teacher training, and open community hours are free of charge.