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Mobile Fab Lab

Mobile Fab Lab

Fab Lab Coordinator providing computer design instruction

Our Mobile Fab Lab (fabrication laboratory), one of only 50 in the United States, was created to inspire and encourage students in grades 1-8 to pursue careers in STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, Math) fields.  The Mobile Fab Lab itself is a large transit van that transports several carts full of equipment such as a laser engraver, 3d printers (below left wit printed items in front), CNC router, vinyl cutters (bottom right), and a variety of robotics equipment.  It also has laptop computers and iPads with specialized software programs to control and interact with the equipment. 

The Mobile Fab Lab visits schools throughout Bucks County for one-week residencies.  The Fab Lab Program Coordinator accompanies the van and works with each school to provide age-appropriate curricula utilizing the equipment in ways supporting 21st century learning.  Students love the hands-on, interactive learning opportunity this program provides! 

3D printer with printed pieces.
Silhouette cutter with laptop

Our Mobile Fab Lab continues to be in extremely high demand and is completely booked for the 2021-2022 school year. Please contact us at STEAM@BucksIU.org to be placed on the waiting list. Stay tuned to this website for 2022-2023 school year registration!


For those who registered, once your registration is confirmed and your week scheduled, the Bucks IU Mobile Fab Lab Team will work collaboratively with you to create a daily schedule, identify lessons that compliment what your students are learning, and work through the logistical preparations for your Residency.

2022-23 Mobile Fab Lab School Residency Registration is NOW OPEN

The Bucks IU Mobile Fab Lab is a transit van that contains state-of-the-art equipment and standards-aligned lessons/ activities to engage students in grades 1-8 in digital fabrication and computer science learning. The Mobile Fab Lab will visit schools for a one-week residency throughout the 2022-2023 school year. Once your week has been scheduled, the Bucks IU Mobile Fab Lab Team will work collaboratively with you to create a daily schedule, identify lessons that compliment and enhance what your students are learning, and work through the logistical preparations for your Residency.

Please complete the form fromthe link above and send it to Dr. Lindsey Sides at LSides@BucksIU.org to schedule your school residency. (Use the ‘add text’ feature in Adobe PDF to insert text on page 1.) School residencies will be scheduled on a first-come basis. This link shows current availability for the Mobile Fab Lab.

Mobile "Fab Lab" Brings High-Tech Science Experiments to Bucks County schools