25/02/2013 by mcma
There was no rest during the February half term break for three enterprising MCMA students, who took advantage of the facilities at Fab Lab Manchester. Along with pupils from other Manchester schools, Ryan Hilton, Donald Okoli-Chuks and Victor Oderinde were rewarded with a unique introduction to engineering, invention and manufacturing.
The Fab Lab, short for Fabrication Laboratory, is a fully equipped workshop which gives members of the community an opportunity to develop ideas into products. Fab Lab Manchester is one of 35 Fab Labs around the world, developed from a 2005 outreach project of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in the USA.
During the week, the pupils designed and built a remote controlled robot capable of playing football, made a Boom Box (docking station for a mobile phone), created a light activated music box and developed their own 3D products.
The week of technological empowerment allowed the students to use:
- 2D design software
- Laser cutters
- A milling machine
- Electrical wiring
- Circuit boards
- Soldering irons
- 3D printing
The final challenge was to create a robot capable of navigating the rocky surface of Mars. This brought the week’s technical endeavours to an end.
What was the verdict of the MCMA trio on the week at Fab Lab?
“Really cool”– Victor
“A once in a lifetime opportunity”– Ryan
What did they enjoy most at Fab Lab?
“You get to meet new people”- Donald
“Learning new stuff and making great stuff”- Victor
“Using the laser cutter”- Ryan, Donald & Victor
“Amazing teachers like Haydn”- Donald