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Leveraging Fab Labs - The Case of Fab Lab Lima

Leveraging Fab Labs for implementing
innovative TVET/Higher Education/STEM Education
The Case of Fab Lab Lima, Peru

Tuesday, 15 November 2016: 4:00 – 5:00pm
room J10-160, World Bank ‘J’ bldg, 701 18th St, NW , Washington, DC

Victor Freundt, co-founder of Fab Lab Lima

Sajitha Bashir, Education Practice Manager, The World Bank

We would like to invite you to an informal meeting to learn about the experience of utilizing Fab Labs (a digital fabrication laboratory model started in MIT’s Center of Bits and Atoms a decade ago) in Peru for delivering innovative TVET education, higher education and STEM education through combining digital fabrication technologies such as 3D printing, laser cutting, and computer controlled fabrication machines for problem solving and applied learning. 

In Bangladesh, through the World Bank financed Higher Education Quality Enhancement Project’s Academic Innovation Fund, 10 universities are expected to establish Fab Labs to promote industry-university partnerships, entrepreneurship and local innovation. We are also exploring options to include Fab Labs in Africa projects. 

Please join us to learn about the example from Lima, which has Fab Labs in university, TVET institutions, museum, and local community and serving as a catalyst for local innovation, problem solving, and STEM education. The speaker will also briefly share his experience from the recent conference at Stanford University on Fab Learn where various research and projects on digital fabrication in education were presented.

about the presenter:
Victor Freundt, a co-founder of Fab Lab, has developed new methodologies on product and concept design using digital fabrication technologies. With an Industrial Design background from Pontificia Universidad Catolica del Peru (PUCP), he was the co-founder of the Fab Lab concept in Lima Peru in 2010 with the collaboration and support of Fab Lab Barcelona, IAAC, AECID, and The Center for Bits and Atoms from MIT. Being a strong believer of the Maker Culture as a key aspect in society, he has helped on the democratization of new technologies in Peru through workshops, conferences, classes, and projects with private and public entities as the Metropolitan Municipality of Lima, ESAN, UNI, UTEC and TECSUP. He has also been invited as speaker about Public Policies on Formal and Informal Education for Kids in Japan, Spain, El Salvador, Argentina, Uruguay, and Colombia, and was selected as one of the Innovators Under 35-Peru from MIT Technology Review. He welcomes new challenges and loves to accept risks on unknown fields as an input for innovation, with the main goal to encourage the creative industries thanks to new services and products based on heritage, local context, and global communication. He also served as a speaker for the Make-a-thon (64-hours hardware prototyping contest) event organized by the World Bank as a part of the Higher Education Quality Enhancement Project in Bangladesh. 

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