Sylvia Tiala – A bit about me, Stout’s Fab Lab and Goals. What about you?

Tiala 057 I came to UW- Stout in 2006 after spending 20 years teaching Technology Education at the K-12 level.  I became intrigued by the idea of a Fab Lab and the potential it had for engaging students in emerging technologies.  I like the fact that you are able to work with hands-on applications while investigating modern technologies and problem-solving processes.  It is an approach that is exemplified by Seymour Papert and his constructionist philosophy.

I was fortunate enough to have gone through MIT’s Fab Lab Academy training.  I am able to access UW-Stout’s Fab Lab which was installed in February of 2013. We have a Makerbot Replicator 2X, a 4′ x 8′ Shopbot, an Epilog Laser Engraver, a Modela mini-mill, and a vinyl cutter.  I have been able to use these on personal projects and to develop workshop materials for K-12 teachers.

I am combining my personal passion for this digital fabrication lab with the expectation for research.  I am particularly interested in process-based versus product-based curriculum approaches, andragogical teaching principles applied to learners from the millennial generation, and communication processes and networks.

Enough about me.  What about you?