Ramallah Friends School inaugurated two new FabLabs last month as part of the School’s development of its Computer Science educational program. The two new fab-labs and IT curriculum were developed with the generous support of Palestinian philanthropist Mr. Anan Anabtawi and implemented by Al-Nayzak Organization.
The opening of both labs at the Lower and Upper campuses came as another step in the School’s development of its’ Computer Science curriculum for all grade levels. FabLabs function as small workshops for digital fabrication and offer students and teachers the opportunity to experiment with the future of IT.
Students have already started experimenting with the labs; seventh graders created their mobile apps, while second graders are learning how to write simple algorithms in Coding Story. Even first graders recorded sequences with symbols, revised sequences based on criteria, and compared sequences with their classmates.
The labs were set up with innovative modern technology to enable students as they experiment with robotics equipment, 3D printing, and much more. A Digital Fabrication Laboratory (FabLab) is a place for anyone to make (almost) anything using digital design, laser cutting, laptops, 3D printing, and other advanced technologies. RFS hopes that students and teachers alike will be able to use these labs to turn their ideas into realities.