COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT

Our work is community-driven. We believe that programming and research should grow out of the needs, passions, and interests of the community it is based in.

At UNCC this summer, Fab Lab staff worked alongside teens to update the newly titled

“Mitchell’s Garden,” a community food garden on the side of their building.

COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT MISSION

Our mission is to support and build youth-focused collaborative informal learning spaces that facilitate digital literacy and inclusion. We strive to build communities of fearless creators, problem solvers, and people who work within a fail-forward mindset. We hope to foster a drive to explore, tinker, and ultimately develop fluency and agency with design strategies.

Our work is community-driven. We believe that programming and research should grow out of the needs, passions, and interests of the community it is based in.

By developing long-term partnerships based in mutuality with community organizations, we build organizational capacity to foster richer learning opportunities, where youth can engage in project-based learning that is relevant to their experiences and interests.

PROJECT HIGHLIGHTS & UPCOMING EVENTS

COVID RESPONSE
UNCC summer mask sewing program
MITCHELL'S GARDEN
Teens harvest for first time
TEEN CODE
Teens learn to design and code their own acrylic light up signs
PAPER CIRCUITS
Urbana Middle School students dive into a week-long series on circuitry
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60+

YOUTH PROGRAMS
IN SPRING 2020

300+

TEEN PARTICIPATIONS
THIS YEAR

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RELATIONSHIPS WITH
COMMUNITY PILLARS