Educational Programs

The Fab Foundation has been working since 2009 bringing digital fabrication tools and processes to people of all ages, teaching the skills and knowledge of digital fabrication, developing global distributed programs on digital fabrication, synthetic biology, interactive textiles and more to come. Check out the different programs and educational services that the Foundation offers!

We run a global distributed academy for everyone who wants to learn how to make (almost) anything.

Academany is the first global distributed campus for learning how to make, and grow, almost anything. Learn more about our courses:


We offer advanced technical education through the Fab Academy which provides instruction and supervises investigation of mechanisms, applications, and implications of digital fabrication. The Fab Academy is a worldwide, distributed campus utilizing fab labs as classrooms and libraries for a new kind of technical literacy. Students learn in local workgroups, with peers, mentors, and machines, which are then connected globally by content sharing and video for interactive classes.

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How to Grow (Almost) Anything is a Synthetic Biology Program directed by George Church, professor of Genetics at Harvard medical school. The HTGAA is a part of the growing Academy of (almost) Anything. Courses include: Bio Design, Synthetic Development Biology, Genome Engineering, and Bio Production, among others.

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There are many new forms of economic exchange and opportunities created by this globally distributed network, facilitating an ecosystem of fab lab-generated businesses and products with access to global markets.

This is a transdisciplinary course that focuses on the development of new technologies applied in the textile industry, in its broad range of applications, from the fashion industry and the upcoming wearable market.

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Digital fabrication has the potential to transform k-12 education.

SCOPES-DF brings digital fabrication tools and processes to people of all ages, teaching the skills and knowledge of digital fabrication, developing curriculum for formal and informal educational settings, as well as designing and offering professional development training programs for teachers, fab lab managers and other professionals. With the SCOPES-DF project, the Fab Foundation is bringing together fabbers, makers, and educators to deepen our understanding of the “what”, ”how” and “why” of STEM disciplines.

The new SCOPES-DF website platform enables fabbers, makers and educators to collaborate and interact in a Community of Practice, and promises to expand STEM learning and teaching in fresh new ways. On our website, you will find digital fabrication lessons, a SCOPES-DF playbook, Fab I Can Statements, and other tools to enhance learning. Each partner in this collaboration comes with an essential, yet distinct, perspective.

Other educational projects

Brilliant Career Lab

GE Brilliant Career Lab was developed in partnership with the Fab Foundation to enable students to investigate STEM careers through hands on experiences with digital fabrication tools in a mobile lab. Lessons can be deployed in partnership with teachers in middle and high school classrooms with the resources of a mobile lab, which visits each classroom and includes equipment, materials, and an instructor that partners with the classroom teacher. Brilliant Career Play is an extension of the Boston Celtics and GE partnership that creates access for middle school students in a mobile lab environment to engage in hands-on, interactive educational experiences.

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